Celebrate National Volunteers Week and Earth Day with Citizen Science!

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) April 14th, 2016 at 2:00 pm | Comment

April is YOUR month, citizen scientists!
This is National Volunteer Week so get involved in a research project in need of your help. Find your favorite project on Serve.gov and AllForGood.org, now featuring SciStarter’s database of projects. Need another reason? Look no further thanSaturday, 4/16, Citizen Science DayEvents  are scheduled around the world. We bet there’s one near you. Still wallowing in indecision? Well, 4/22 is Earth Day and we’ve selected five awesome Earth Day projects we think you’ll love.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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The Crowd & The Cloud, live at the U.S. Science & Engineering Festival

By Darlene Cavalier April 13th, 2016 at 6:22 pm | Comment

You are invited!

C&CThe Crowd & The Cloud, a public television series about citizen science, crowdsourcing and mobile tech, will be live at the U.S. Science & Engineering Festival this weekend to help celebrate Citizen Science Day (Sat., April 16th) in two important ways, both of which we invite you to participate in and share:

1. Throughout the Festival, C&C will be reporting live from the event floor via social media. Their goal is to visit every citizen science-related project at the show, and share something about them with you, online — and on the social media wall at our SciStarter booth. On Saturday, you are invited to share a social post (or posts) about your own citizen science project, in words and ideally images as well.

Just use the hashtag #CrowdCloudLive on Twitter, Periscope or Instagram (SciStarter editor’s note: also use #MyCitSci so we can share your stories in May!)

Together, we hope to celebrate hundreds of CS projects from around the world.

2. At 1pm EST/10am PST on Saturday, C&C is hosting a live Google Hangout on Air with an all-star lineup of CS experts and project leaders. Watch the live stream on YouTube:

The YouTube link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXXLBYNub3Q
During the Hangout, you can ask questions by using the hashtag #CrowdCloudLive.

Join us for a very special weekend of citizen science activities and social sharing. You can learn more about The Crowd & The Cloud by visiting their website.

Kind regards,

The C&C Team

Categories: Citizen Science

Conversations in CitSci: Kay Havens of Project BudBurst

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) April 9th, 2016 at 8:33 am | Comment

Spring is in the air! (Credit: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Spring is in the air! (Credit: Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The beauty of citizen science is the ability for non-professional researchers to get up close and personal with science. Think about all of your experiences collecting data from your backyard, analyzing images of spring online, and learning about new topics in science, have you heard from the scientists you’re helping?
In our new series, “Conversations in CitSci”, we speak with the people behind the projects.

By Sarah Dunifon

“Plants have great stories to tell, if we take the time to listen to them,” says Kay Havens, consultant with Project BudBurst. “Project BudBurst (PBB) is a national campaign to track plant phenology which is the timing of natural events like budburst, first flower opening, full bloom, leaf color change and leaf drop,”. By knowing these phenophases (i.e. the timing of these events), we can better understand what effects climate change may be having on plants. With warmer springs, plants move through their leafing and blooming phases earlier. Read the rest of this entry »

Philadelphia Inquirer and SciStarter partner to inform and engage millions of readers and local science leaders in citizen science

By Darlene Cavalier April 8th, 2016 at 1:14 pm | Comment


philly inq
A “citizen science” movement is sweeping the country and now millions of Philadelphians who want to collaborate with leading scientists can visit Philly.com to join cutting-edge research projects.

The Philadelphia Media Network (Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly.com and Philadelphia Daily News) is teaming up with SciStarter, a Philadelphia-based company with global reach, to present featured citizen science projects, events, and instruments through a dynamic project showcase and blog.  Each week, SciStarter’s editorial team will feature a new opportunity for millions of Philadelphians to take part in, from SciStarter’s curated Project Finder. There will be something for everyone, ranging from opportunities to analyze and classify cancer cells online to participating in outdoor bioblitzes to track migratory paths of local species and more.  The goal is to make it simple for everyone to jump in and contribute to scientific research. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate National Citizen Science Day: Find an Event Near You!

By Editorial Team April 6th, 2016 at 11:59 pm | Comment

Celebrate Citizen Science
National Citizen Science Day kicks off April 16 and runs through May 21 with events scheduled around the world. We highlight five below. (Stay tuned for more featured events, including bioblitzes!) Find more on the SciStarter Events Page.
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team