Citizen Science + Science Centers

By Sarah Newman November 9th, 2017 at 10:05 am | Comment


November 10th is World Science Day, presented by UNESCO, AND Science Museum Day, presented by the International Science Center.

To celebrate, SciStarter’s editors have selected six citizen science projects organized by science centers.  You can do several of these from the comfort of home.

Thank you for making the world a better place.

The SciStarter Team

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Citizen Science and The Age of Disruption: Navigating, Innovating, and Excelling. Nov 12–14 Washington, DC

By Editorial Team November 8th, 2017 at 5:57 pm | Comment

Planning to attend the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting? SciStarter’s founder, Darlene Cavalier will be there to speak about “Citizen science and crowd-sourcing among other options for universities to move forward and find new ways to collectively address societal challenges.”

11/12 1:45–3:00 p.m. Delaware Suite
The Knowledge Paradox: How Can Expertise Be Dead Amidst Ubiquitous Information?

The disparagement of expertise at a time of ubiquity of information is forcing universities and scholars to redefine their role as experts. Universities must engage more deeply and differently with society to co-create and diffuse knowledge. Citizen science and crowd-sourcing are among options for
universities to move forward and find new ways to collectively address societal challenges. Attendees will interact with panelists through both questions and electronic comments posted on a screen alongside the podium.

MODERATOR: Rush Holt , CEO, AAAS – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

PANELISTS: Darlene Cavalier, Founder, SciStarter Professor, Arizona State University Center for Engagement and Training School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU

Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Professor in Science
Communication and Vilas Distinguished Achievement
Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Categories: Appearances,Events


Spooktacular Citizen Science

By Sarah Newman October 28th, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Comment

Shaker Village

Treat yourself with citizen science this Halloween. Take a stroll through a pumpkin patch to look for insects or spend a night under the stars watching bats. Staying indoors? Map craters on the moon for NASA!

Grab a few sweets from the candy dish and scroll through our editor’s picks below. You’re sure to find a project to enjoy. And that’s no trick!
The SciStarter Team
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Support Bat Week Through Citizen Science

By Kristin Butler October 24th, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Comment

Editor’s Note: Today starts the beginning of Bat Week and there are many opportunities for citizen scientists to get involved. Below, we have reposted an article from 2015 on the popular online project Bat Detective. Want to support more bat projects? Check out SciStarter to find a list of fun possibilities. 

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Girl Scouts Think Like Citizen Scientists

By Guest October 20th, 2017 at 2:37 pm | Comment

By Sharon Karasick

Girl Scouts are encouraged to try all sorts of new things in their scouting experience, a commitment reflected in their new motto: ”When she’s a Girl Scout, she’s also a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™.  While many troops still embrace the traditional three c’s of crafts, camping, and cookies, Girl Scouts are also exploring new civic engagement opportunities through innovative STEM programming.

On the surface, civic engagement might not seem to have much in common with STEM, an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. But the Girl Scouts’ new partnership with SciStarter offers girls a unique opportunity to participate in authentic scientific research, to share that research with others, and to encourage the people in their communities to take action to help take better care of the world we live in.   Read the rest of this entry »