GAO cites ECAST: “Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives”

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO) is the investigative arm of Congress charged with examining matters relating to the receipt and payment of public funds. Today, the GAO published a new report to advise how the federal government can better engage citizens. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) is cited as … Read more “GAO cites ECAST: “Practices to Engage Citizens and Effectively Implement Federal Initiatives””

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science News, Science Policy

YLACES extends SciStarter grant to recruit, train, equip citizen scientists to ground-truth NASA satellite data.

  NASA scientists are on a mission to map global soil moisture, and through SciStarter, they’re teaming up with citizen scientists to gather valuable data from the ground to complement and validate what is seen from space. Known as the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite mission, the satellite will help scientists understand links among … Read more “YLACES extends SciStarter grant to recruit, train, equip citizen scientists to ground-truth NASA satellite data.”

Categories: Citizen Science, SciStarter News

iSeeChange: documenting the weather around us

From shoveling the third heavy snowfall of winter to spotting the first crocus of spring, each day without fail we experience our environment. Meaning each of us is a potential wealth of information about our local environment. Information that if gathered could inform climate scientists about the local effects and potential indicators of climate change. … Read more “iSeeChange: documenting the weather around us”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors

Project MERCCURI featured on NASA’s weekly update

What do Buzz Aldrin’s shoe, the Liberty Bell & sports arenas all have in common? Watch Space to Ground, your weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFPm4G3jjwc   SciStarter’s Project MERCCURI, a research project to compare microbes on Earth and in space (presented by the Eisen Lab and UC Davis, SciStarter … Read more “Project MERCCURI featured on NASA’s weekly update”

Categories: Citizen Science, In the News

Astronauts Tracking Microbe Growth on the International Space Station This Week

Microbe Growth Documented for Analysis and Interpretation by UC Davis Scientists Davis, CA. (December 10, 2014) – This week on the International Space Station, astronaut Terry Virts is measuring the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists across the United States. This citizen science research, known as Project MERCCURI, investigates how microbes from different places … Read more “Astronauts Tracking Microbe Growth on the International Space Station This Week”

Categories: Other

Two days left to apply to participate online! Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen Forum

In August, we shared information about NASA’s Asteroid Initiative and Cooperative Agreement with ECAST (Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology), to enable everyday citizens to have a say in the future of space exploration. How does the online citizens’ forum work? Two in-person deliberations will take place on 11/8 in Phoenix, AZ at Arizona … Read more “Two days left to apply to participate online! Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen Forum”

Categories: Citizen Science, Physics

Your Citizen Science Idea Could Fly to Mars and Win You $20,000 from NASA!

Buckle up folks, ‘cause NASA is coming to you with a challenge. On Saturday, NASA announced at the World Maker Faire in New York that it has opened up registration for the ‘Mars Balance Mass Challenge’. The space agency has had a history of engaging citizen scientists through online crowdsourcing initiatives such as Target Asteroids!, … Read more “Your Citizen Science Idea Could Fly to Mars and Win You $20,000 from NASA!”

Categories: Astronomy & Space

Citizen Science in the Classrom: Mapping Mars and Be a Martian with NASA

Editor’s Note: This post has been republished and shared in celebration of SciStarter’s Back To School campaign where you will find 10 citizen science projects aligned with Next Generation Science Standards.   Students Explore the Surface of Mars and Contribute to Citizen Science From Their Classroom Grades: 1st -12th Description: The National Aeronautics and Space … Read more “Citizen Science in the Classrom: Mapping Mars and Be a Martian with NASA”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Science Education Standards

Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Your Chance to Participate!

August 28, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In its history, the Earth has been repeatedly struck by asteroids, large chunks of rock from space that can cause considerable damage in a collision. Can we—or should we—try to protect Earth from potentially hazardous impacts? How about harvesting asteroids for potential economic benefits? What do we do if … Read more “Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: Your Chance to Participate!”

Categories: Citizen Science

The Citizen Cyberscience Summit: Science for all, and all for science

A synopsis of and key takeaways from the Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014 in London As some of you may already know, SciStarter presented at the Citizen Cyberscience Summit in London this past weekend (2/20 to 2/22). In a nutshell, the conference was a place where a multitude of organizations and groups could convene to discuss … Read more “The Citizen Cyberscience Summit: Science for all, and all for science”

Categories: Citizen Science, hackfest