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This is a webinar opportunity from our friends at CitSci.org. Details below!
Greetings from CitSci.org! We are pleased to announce our December “Feature Friday” webinar where you, as members of the growing CitSci.org community, are invited to offer your ideas and thoughts about improvements to CitSci.org. The first Friday of each month these webinars will focus on a specific topic / feature of CitSci.org. We will demonstrate how to use the website feature and take feedback. The December webinar will focus on “Building Datasheets.” Together, we hope to guide the future of this exciting platform in support of your collaborative citizen science / community based monitoring efforts.
CitSci.org December “Feature Friday” webinar
December 6, 2013 (12:00 noon PST; 1:00 PM MST; 2:00 PM CST; 3:00 PM EST)
Date: December 6, 2013
Feature: Building Datasheets
Time: 1:00-2:00p (MST)
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Remember the game Mouse Trap? For those of you not familiar with it, Mouse Trap is a board game in which players build a contraption, using various tools and materials, in order to capture a toy mouse on the run. Players often build creative, elaborate traps that operate in various stages, with each distinct stage setting off a another. The game is based on the concept behind Rube-Goldberg machines, devices that perform a very simple task but require an elaborate chain reaction to operate between start and finish. Just like in Rube-Goldberg machines, the value of Mouse Trap is very much in the journey, not the destination.
Now, imagine an even larger version of this game, without the mouse. This is the MIT Museum’s annual Friday After Thanksgiving: Chain Reaction event. Aptly shortened to F.A.T. for the Friday After Thanksgiving, the event is an innovative way to get families out and about after Thursday night’s collective feasting. This year, the Chain Reaction took place at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium on MIT’s campus and was attended by approximately 2,000 people.
Here’s how it works. Each year, the MIT Museum invites its community to join the event as spectators or participants. Participants and teams build individual sections of a larger chain reaction. The aim is to be as creative as possible, and believe me when I say that participants take this creative license very seriously. Upon strolling around the basketball court-sized area set aside for the entire machine, I spotted everything from action figures, straws, water balloons, Arduino robots, monkey wrenches, bicycle wheels, legos, Daleks, and yes–even mouse traps.
Because the event is open to anybody and everybody, participants every year range from Girl Scout troops to artists and engineers, from MIT clubs to high schools and family teams. Teams have also come from as far away as Michigan and California to contribute. This year, artist/inventor Arthur Ganson and local artist/MIT alumnus Jeff Lieberman both emceed the event.
The F.A.T. Chain Reaction event is not only a creative way to get the family together during the Thanksgiving holiday season, but it’s also an opportunity for kids (ages one to ninety-two) to engage and experiment with the basics of engineering. Who knows? Perhaps participating could set off a chain reaction that results in even more collaborative citizen science in your future.
You can view a live video of the 2012 Chain Reaction below (2013 video forthcoming):
Lily Bui is the Executive Editor of SciStarter and holds dual degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California Irvine. She has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; served in AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland; worked for a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter; and performed across the U.S. as a touring musician. She currently works in public media at WGBH-TV and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Boston, MA. In her spare time, she thinks of cheesy science puns. Follow @dangerbui.
This is an announcement from the Citizen Cyberscience Summit.
Following the successful Citizen Cyberscience Summits in 2010 and 2012, we are pleased to announce a third meeting in London on 20-22 February 2014.
By citizen cyberscience, we refer to the wide range of activities that enable people from all walks of life to join in scientific projects through internet-based applications such as contributing the unused processing power of their computers to help scientific computing, classifying information, using their smartphones to collect nature observations or building their own Internet-enabled sensors to collect environmental information.
The summit will be structured as a 3-day event that offers scientists, practitioners, enthusiasts, policy makers and citizen scientists the unique opportunity to meet and discuss citizen science and citizen cyberscience, participate in activities, and develop prototypes for new projects.
The first day (Thursday, 20th February 2014) will focus on the wide range of citizen science activities, exploring the engagement, creativity and participation, outreach of citizen science to the developing world, and the undertaking of citizen science projects in challenging environments (e.g. in a rainforest or the Arctic). We also welcome talks that deal with the growing policy and environmental management implications of citizen science.
For the second day (Friday, 21st February 2014) we are calling for presentations on the technical aspects of citizen science, such as: the need for suitable hardware and software; or panels discussing with citizen scientists about their perceptions, participation and engagement; or a showcase of citizen science projects. Based upon the success of this event in 2012, we will launch a ‘think camp’/’hackfest’, which will carry on to the next day and is aimed at developing demonstrations of hardware and software that can be used in citizen science projects or simply a concentrated discussion on a specific topic of interest.
The final day (Saturday, 22nd February 2014) will include further conference sessions, workshops and development of prototypes, with an afternoon talk, presentations and awards for the best prototypes.
Overall, we hope to cover a range of topics of relevance to citizen science research, including: technical aspects of citizen science such as use of sensors; applications of smartphones for data collection or in combination with external sensors; linking the Internet of Things (IoT) and citizen science – sensor networks to human sensors; motivations, incentives and engagement patterns; citizen science with indigenous and low-literacy communities; social science, ethnographic and anthropological aspects of citizen science and creativity and learning in citizen science.
During the summit, there will be an opportunity to present short papers, run panels, organise workshops or provide showcase demonstrations. We would like to invite anyone interested in participating in this way to submit brief proposals of up to 750 words using the form: http://bit.ly/15SWBnw
Proposals should be submitted by 31st December 2013.
Registration will open in mid-December; full details will be available on our website soon.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you’ll be able to join us at the summit.
The Citizen Cyberscience Summit Organising Committee
If you’re in the Bay Area this weekend, come down to the Bay Area Science Festival at AT&T Park! This event is FREE and hosts a plethora of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows. Unleash your inner scientist!
Bay Area Science FestivalAT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94107
Saturday, November 2, 2013
While you’re there, make sure to stop by the Project MERCCURI station! This is a collaborative citizen science research project presented by UC Davis, SciStarter, and Science Cheerleader. The research team from UC Davis (Jenna Lang, Russell Neches, and David Coil) and the Science Cheerleaders will be there (including Wendy Brown, PI on Project MERCCURI; Thera, aerospace engineer, Golden State Warriors; from the Golden State Warriors; Ana, econ/stats major, Sacramento State; and Anastasha Frandell, Sacramento State, Oakland Raiders)! They’ll be wrapping up the collection of microbe samples from sports venues to be a part of a growth experiment on board the International Space Station. You can participate in this national survey of microbes if you stop by their station! They’ll be distributing microbe kits to those interested in submitting sample swabs from cell phones or shoes.
Don’t miss this amazing event! For more information, visit the official website and follow @bayareascience on Twitter.
If you’re planning to attend NPR’s “Weekend in Washington” conference on November 2, let’s meet up!
SciStarter’s founder, Darlene Cavalier, will be speaking about the rise of citizen science (regular people doing real science).
From National Public Radio:
“NPR’s Weekend in Washington is our annual, multi-day convergence of award-winning journalists, innovative leaders from Member Stations and like-minded supporters from across the country. The gathering brings together people who believe passionately in the essential mission of public radio.
Join us and engage with leading NPR journalists as we pull back the curtain on the news and programming that shape the public media landscape. A highlight during the weekend will be an exclusive opportunity to visit NPR’s exciting new headquarters in the nation’s capital, a space designed to propel our public service mission for decades to come.”
November 1-3, 2013
The Willard InterContinental Hotel
The Rise of Citizen Science
November 2nd, 12-1pm
“Social media is changing the way scientists are carrying out their work. In fields as varied as bird ecology, astronomy and neurology, scientists are now able to rely on vast networks of non-professionals to gather data, test natural phenomena and raise money for their research through crowdsourcing. Moderated by Science Correspondent Joe Palca with SciStarter’s Founder, Darlene Cavalier and FasterCures’ CEO and President, Gregory C. Simon.”