Celebrate summer with citizen science!

Search for the Rusty Patched bee, track flood impacts, or use your surfboard as a water quality sensor. Planning a trip to the beach, a park, or a campsite? Here are six ways to contribute to real science while enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Environment, Featured Projects, Geology & Earth Sciences, Girl Scouts, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

Join #MissionMonarch

Do you live in Mexico, the United States, or Canada? Then starting tomorrow, you can join in the second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. From July 28 to August 5, it’s time for #MissionMonarch. By joining in on the Blitz, you help identify the monarch butterfly’s breeding sites, a task essential to its survival. You can … Read more “Join #MissionMonarch”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, CitSci Research, Ecology & Environment, Events, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile

SciStarter’s awesome managing editors.

Managing editor Jenny Cutraro is stepping down to dedicate herself full-time to Science Storytellers, a program she founded that bridges science engagement, education, and journalism. Science Storytellers invites kids to sit down face-to-face with a scientist and to have a conversation about that scientist’s research, much as a science journalist would do, and to then write a story … Read more “SciStarter’s awesome managing editors.”

Categories: About Us, Other

Join a National Moth Week Event Near You!

Tomorrow, on Saturday, July 21, Moth Week will commence! Running until Sunday, July 29, Moth Week is a way for people of all ages all around the world to come together to celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. These self-described “Moth-ers” are in fact citizen scientists, as one of the key missions … Read more “Join a National Moth Week Event Near You!”

Categories: Apps, Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Education, Events

ASEE Panel: STEM Communication

Last week, on Monday, July 9, Darlene Cavalier, the founder of SciStarter and Science Cheerleader and a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, presented on a panel at a American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) event. The panel was part of a larger two-day conference hosted by ASEE for engineering communicators. The panel was … Read more “ASEE Panel: STEM Communication”

Categories: Citizen Science, Events, SciStarter News

Shark Week is coming! Shark Week is coming!

Five “Jaws”-dropping projects for Shark Week   As a prelude to the Discovery Channel’s 30th year of Shark Week, SciStarter’s editors picked these five projects you can do related to sharks and their conservation. Whether it’s collecting and reporting shark egg cases or documenting sightings to track species, there are many ways to unlock your … Read more “Shark Week is coming! Shark Week is coming!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Featured Projects, Newsletter

Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge

It all starts with Professor George Church’s vision. Church is a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. In 2005, he launched the Personal Genome Project (PGP), which collects data on a person’s DNA, environmental background, and relevant health and disease information from consenting participants. The premise … Read more “Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge”

Categories: Alzheimers, Citizen Science, CitSci Research

Science in the Skies: Studying Clouds with CitSci

The lazy days of summer are perfect for kicking back and watching the clouds float by. Why not contribute to citizen science from the comfort of your hammock with this cloud-observing project from NASA? Help NASA understand clouds by reporting your observations with the citizen science project S’Cool  Clouds are so democratic. You don’t need to … Read more “Science in the Skies: Studying Clouds with CitSci”

Categories: Apps, Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Project Profile

Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It

Hitting the trails for the long holiday weekend? Here’s a citizen science project you can contribute if you’re exploring the Appalachian Mountains, which stretch all the way from Georgia to Maine. Happy trails!  ~The SciStarter Editorial Team Hikers in the Appalachian mountains contribute data and help researchers learn how climate change is affecting plants living … Read more “Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It”

Categories: Citizen Science, Environment

Picnic Blanket and Basket by Amy Liscomb (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Grab your basket and blanket, July is Picnic Month!

This month it’s exceptionally easy to celebrate by simply grabbing your meal and bringing it outside! Lots of creatures will likely join you during your meal en plein air, so this is a good opportunity to say hello and take note as some sing you songs, some attempt to take a nibble of your food… … Read more “Grab your basket and blanket, July is Picnic Month!”

Categories: Animals, Birds, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Featured Projects, Insects, Newsletter