Highlighting Citizen Science at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) April 20th, 2016 at 8:12 am | Comment

citscidayWhat better way to kick of a month long celebration of citizen science than at the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF), probably the largest science festival in the country?

And kick it off we did! For two days, the SciStarter booth at USASEF featured citizen science projects that people of all ages could learn about and participate in, and several of its major partners including Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, the Crowd and the Cloud and of course, the Science Cheerleaders.

Day 1 featured a live 1-hour Hangout on Air organized by Crowd & Cloud, an upcoming 4-part public television series about citizen science and how mobile technology is changing the way participatory research is conducted. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Citizen Science

Why You Should Be Excited about Citizen Science Day 2016, in One Amazing Video

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) April 14th, 2016 at 6:29 pm | Comment

If you haven’t heard already, Citizen Science Day is fast approaching!! April 16 is the big day and events celebrating CitSci run all the way through May 21. From being at science festivals to nationwide bioblitzes, there’s something for everyone.

To get you all pumped up we’re sharing this amazing video made by folks from The Crowd and the Cloud, an upcoming “4-part public television series exploring the new frontier of citizen science in the age of mobile technology.” They are also going to be live streaming a Google Hangout session from the 4th Annual USA Science and Engineering Festival which will include projects featured at the SciStarter booth. Watch this space for more details !!

Enjoy!

Categories: Citizen Science

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 »