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Pluto, Planet Nine and Other Backyard Worlds

By February 15th, 2017 at 7:02 pm | Comment

By: Marc J. Kuchner

Eighty-seven years ago, this week, Clyde Tombaugh was poring over a pair of photographic plates, hoping to change the world.  He was staring hard into an arcane device called a blink comparator, which allowed him to rapidly switch from viewing one image to the next. In those days before computers, that was the best tool he had for finding the faint, moving dot he was seeking, a new planet in our solar system.

When Tombaugh discovered Pluto in those photographic plates on February 18, 1930, the news made headlines all around the globe. “In the little cluster of orbs which scampers across the sidereal abyss under the name of the solar system there are, be it known, nine instead of a mere eight, worlds,” said the New York Times. It was a victory for Tombaugh, and for astronomy. Read the rest of this entry »

Citizen Science Makers Summit at Arizona State University

By November 1st, 2016 at 5:37 pm | Comment

Citizen Science Maker Summit

We managed to wrangle half the participants for this closing photo!

 

SciStarter and Arizona State University hosted change-makers from both the citizen science and maker movements at last week’s first-ever Citizen Science Makers Summit. These two movements both aim to disrupt the status quo of science by changing who participates in the scientific process.

“Makers just dive in and create creative engineering solutions” says Darlene Cavalier, ASU Professor of Practice, Founder of SciStarter, and co-organizer of the event. “This characteristic mirrors that of the millions of citizen scientists around the world who are contributing to our understanding of the world and how we can solve today’s problems.”

The summit brought together the Maker and Citizen Science community, two “islands of misfits” in the scientific process, to determine how they can work together to move forward.

sharingideas“We had people participating from government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, US Geological Survey, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health, along with people from foundations, industry, academia, librarians and local community leaders” says Micah Lande, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering at ASU’s Fulton Schools of Engineering and organizer of the event. The day and a half event consisted of panels, keynotes talks, lightening talks, and informal discussions to shed new light on the connections between the citizen science and maker communities.

The outcomes of this summit will be outlined in detail in a forthcoming white paper, but several outcomes are highlighted below.showandtell

  1. Experts refined a forthcoming SciStarter database of tools to determine how we can better categorize the tools necessary for citizen science projects.
  2. Panelists shared the educational resources available for maker projects and how these models of education may apply to citizen science.
  3. Attendees brainstormed how SciStarter can link citizen science project managers with makers who can design and develop tools for their projects.
  4. Panelists and keynote speakers addressed how we can popularize citizen science taking into account lessons from the popularization of the maker movement.
  5. Makers shared their innovations and ideas at a nighttime Show and Tell.
  6. Attendees discussed how to mobilize university resources to create formalized citizen science and maker spaces on campus.

soilmoistureThank you to all the participants for sparking our curiosity and discussing the future. We can’t wait to see what is next for these communities!

 

 

 

 

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ASU Leads Everyday People Toward Everyday Science Experiments.

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Photos courtesy of Lea Shanley and Kaitlin Vortherms. 

Opportunity to sponsor first-of-its-kind summit to unite Citizen Science and Maker communities!

By July 23rd, 2016 at 11:43 pm | Comment

Arizona State University Citizen Science Maker Summit

Opportunity to sponsor first-of-its-kind summit to unite

Citizen Science and Maker communities!

Your support can increase the success of our efforts to develop a robust Citizen Science Maker community – one that can respond to the national need of bridging the demand for low-cost instruments so that citizens can contribute to scientific data and discovery.

The Citizen Science Maker Summit is a two-day event hosted by Arizona State University, in partnership with SciStarter, a research affiliate of ASU, and designed to facilitate the sharing of best practices between citizen science and Maker communities. The event will include a combination of national leaders from both communities as keynote speakers, topical sessions, skill-building workshops, and networking events. Experts from the Making and Citizen Science communities will be present, including signatories of the recent letter to President Obama, ”Fostering a Generation of Makers” and supporters of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s memorandum entitled “Addressing Societal and Scientific Challenges through Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing.” They will also discuss and lead interactive sessions on how to:

– infuse elements of making into existing citizen science projects and vice versa;
– expand university and community access to makers and citizen scientists;
– engage the K-12 and higher ed community in citizen science and making;
– connect makers with citizen scientists, researchers, Maker to Manufacturing experts;
– collaborate to build a database of low cost citizen science tools on SciStarter.

A total of 130 invited audience members are expected. All attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences, share and learn best practices, and connect with educators, thought leaders and researchers committed to maker education and citizen science.

The Citizen Science Maker Summit will take place at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center (ACIC), an engineering and technology-based education and research hub located in the heart of downtown Chandler, Arizona. ACIC is used to host classes for ASU students along with workshops and events for the community. TechShop also operates in the space and is instrumental to the workshop. The Chandler TechShop is the most renowned maker space in the Southwest.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to discuss customized sponsorship packages for the Citizen Science Maker Summit, email Cindy Dick, program manager at Cindy.Dick@asu.edu.

Grand Sponsor / $15,000
● Presenting sponsorship rights, verbal recognition at Summit and in press releases
● Two minutes to verbally welcome attendees
● Six tickets to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Vendor table (or booth space ~ supplied by the sponsor) at Summit reception
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit promotional event emails
● Logo on sponsorship signage/program at the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Logo on the Citizen Science Maker Summit website with hyperlink to company’s page
● Logo in all produced videos related to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Mentions from ASU social media networks

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Gold Sponsor / $10,000
● Four tickets to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Vendor table at the Citizen Science Maker Summit reception
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit promotional event emails
● Logo on sponsorship signage/program at the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit website with hyperlink to company’s page
● Logo in all produced videos related to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Mentions from ASU social media networks

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Maroon Sponsor / $5,000
● Two tickets to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Vendor space at the Citizen Science Maker Summit reception
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit promotional event emails
● Logo on sponsorship signage/program at the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Logo on Citizen Science Maker Summit website with hyperlink to company’s page
● Logo in all produced videos related to the Citizen Science Maker Summit
● Mentions from ASU

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