SciStarter, Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine and the Science Cheerleaders at AAAS Family Science Days!

By Darlene Cavalier January 26th, 2016 at 11:40 am | Comment

aaas family science days
Saturday and Sunday February 13–14, 2016
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Washington, DC

Register now: Free, hands-on science fun for the entire family.

Explore interactive science exhibits, learn about cool science jobs, and have your questions answered by scientists, including these Science Cheerleaders!

Megan, Computer Scientist, Redskins alumni
Megan, Computer Scientist, Redskins alumni
Margaret, PhD Chemistry, Baltimore Blast alumni
Margaret, PhD Chemistry, Baltimore Blast alumni
Lauren, Mathematician, Redskins and Wizards Alumni
Lauren, Mathematician, Redskins and Wizards Alumni

We’ll also be joined by our pals at Discover Magazine and Astronomy Magazine to lead a Science Quiz Show on Sunday, 2/14 at 11:30 am sharp! Answer some questions about science and win cool prizes!

All weekend-long, guests will learn how to get involved in Snow Tweets, an awesome citizen science project to help cryosphere researchers calibrate the accuracy of weather satellites. We’ll even get you started with a free ruler complete with instructions to simply stick the ruler in snow and tweet your snow depth measurement and location to #snowtweets!

Grab your free ruler and ground truth snow measurements during the next snowfall!

Grab your free ruler and ground-truth snow measurements during the next snowfall!

Fighting Alzheimer’s Together, Through Citizen Science

By Guest January 23rd, 2016 at 12:14 pm | Comment

Old Couple

by Egle Marija Ramanauskaite

Maybe you’re finding it hard to stick to that New Year’s resolution of making it to the gym every week. How about trying something easier instead? Like changing the world for example, by helping cure Alzheimer’s – one of the most devastating diseases that we face today.  How, you ask? Read on to find out.

A “historic” increase of $350 million in U.S. federal funding for Alzheimer’s research was signed into law last month to help battle this aggressive form of dementia. But while we wait for much anticipated breakthroughs to happen, everyday citizens like us can do our bit to further progress. Read the rest of this entry »

SciStarter’s database of citizen science projects now featured on AllForGood.org and Serve.gov

By Darlene Cavalier January 16th, 2016 at 12:58 pm | Comment

SciStarter’s database of citizen science projects now featured on AllForGood.org and Serve.gov . Federal employees will now be able to find and join SciStarter’s citizen science projects just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when everyone is encouraged to participate in a Day of Service.

All For Good, a service of Points of Light, now features hundreds of citizen science projects from SciStarter’s database, making it easier than ever to connect passionate people looking to make change happen through scientific research projects in need for their help. All For Good generated more than 64 million searches for volunteer projects last year.

A citizen science project can involve one person or millions of people collaborating toward a common goal. SciStarter aggregates more than 1,100 citizen science projects on a single website in order to connect scientists and community leaders with anyone who wants to contribute to valuable science.

“SciStarter is thrilled to share its extensive database of citizen science projects with All For Good’s active community of millions of people eager to find ways to make the world a better place,” said Darlene Cavalier, Director of SciStarter. “Why not change the world through service to science?”

“SciStarter will help us connect more people to projects that will have a real impact on a range of diverse research areas, including ecology, environment, health, astronomy, ornithology and more,” said Art Ordoqui, Senior Director, Product Development, Points of Light. “All For Good also shares projects with the Serve.gov website for volunteer opportunities, so federal employees will now be able to find and join SciStarter’s citizen science projects just in time for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when everyone is encouraged to participate in a Day of Service.”

All For Good is joined by several other partners that feature projects from SciStarter’s database, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, PBS Kids, and more.

Participation Details for Project Owners and Interested Citizen Scientists
It’s easy for researchers from around the world to add their projects to SciStarter’s growing Project Finder, tapping into the network of portal partners and project participants at All For Good and others, by clicking “add a project” from SciStarter’s homepage [www.SciStarter.org]. AllForGood.org and Serve.gov website visitors can search for SciStarter’s citizen science projects using the keywords “STEM” or “citizen science”.

About SciStarter
SciStarter enables people to contribute to science through informal recreational activities and formal research efforts. The website creates a shared space where scientists can connect with people interested in working on or learning about joint research projects.

About All For Good
All for Good – a service of Points of Light – is one of the world’s largest free, online marketplaces matching volunteers with opportunities to serve. Users of All for Good generated nearly 64 million project searches in the past year for 300,000 volunteer projects.

Top Ten Citizen Science Projects of 2015

By Eva Lewandowski January 10th, 2016 at 10:32 am | Comment

Celebrating the Best of 2015

As we start a brand new year, let’s take a few minutes to celebrate some accomplishments in the field of citizen science in 2015:

We also saw more people joining projects and becoming citizen scientists than ever before. Below, we’ve listed the projects that garnered the most interest on SciStarter in 2015. These project pages had more visits than any others in our database. Check them out; there’s sure to be something of interest to you!

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

Animal Ownership Interaction Study
Are you a dog owner? Want to know if your own behavior influences how your dog acts? This project wants to find out too, and you can help by providing information about you and your dog.
Get started!

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Categories: Citizen Science

Coop’s Scoop: 2015 citizen science year in review quiz

By Caren Cooper December 24th, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Comments (2)

Looking back on citizen science in 2015, what discoveries stand out to you? Share them in the comment section below. The following Citizen Science Quiz test your knowledge about 10 of the scientific achievements reported in the peer-reviewed literature that were made possible by citizen science. The papers span a wide range of disciplines and were only possible because of thousands of unique and dedicated “volunpeers.”

Test your knowledge of 10 discoveries in 2015 thanks to citizen science!

Citizen Science Quiz – 2015 year in review

In the New Year, stayed tuned and join me (@CoopSciScoop) on Twitter for #CitSciChat, sponsored by SciStarter. #CitSciChat is a global Q&A with guest panelists in a lively conversation covering a variety of topics related to citizen science.  Interested in being a guest panelist? Tweet your quiz score to me (1 point or higher and you qualify!)

Looking for a New Years Resolution? Share your observations and leave a data legacy in citizen science!

By Roche DG, Lanfear R, Binning SA, Haff TM, Schwanz LE, et al. (2014) [CC BY 4.0 (httpcreativecommons.orglicensesby4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Roche DG, Lanfear R, Binning SA, Haff TM, Schwanz LE, et al. (2014) [CC BY 4.0 (httpcreativecommons.orglicensesby4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons