Citizen Science Cheerleaders Head To Vegas

Science Cheerleaders

Meet the Science Cheerleaders. This team of more than 100 NFL and NBA cheerleaders-turned-scientists and engineers is ready to cheer for citizen science., our sister-site, aims to inspire the 3 million little cheerleaders in the U.S. to consider careers in science and engineering, while playfully challenge stereotypes and encouraging participation in any of the more than 400 citizen science projects featured on .

The Science Cheerleaders have been featured on CNN, NPR, ESPN, The Scientist, Nature, Science, Discover and more. They are supported by the National Science Foundation, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and others eager to draw more women and minorities to the field of science. They travel the country spreading the gospel of science and citizen science!

Next stop: Vegas. On Saturday, September 10th, 1pm, in Las Vegas, NV, right at the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign! That’s right, VEGAS! Home of our favorite Vegas science super stars, Penn & Teller. Below, you can a cheeky video the Science Cheerleader did with Penn & Teller.

Earlier in the day, at noon, watch them perform science-themed routines as they cheer about science facts and inspire young girls to consider careers in science and engineering. They are partnering up with the organizers of the Las Vegas Science Festival to bring science, cheerleading, and hands-on citizen science projects to Meadows Mall at noon on 9/10. Following the Science Cheerleaders’ performance will be the Las Vegas Locomotion cheerleaders. Then, the procheerleaders will teach aspiring cheerleaders some of the tricks of the trade during a free cheer clinic at the mall.

Be sure to meet SciCheer’s creative director, Laura Eilers, the reigning Ms. United States! If you don’t catch her in Vegas, look for her on TV when she throws out the first pitch during the Kansas City Royals baseball game on 9/13!


Learn more about the Science Cheerleaders here.

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Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier is a Professor at Arizona State University's Center for Engagement and Training, part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter. She is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of more than 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers, and a cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology, a network of universities, science centers, and think tanks that produces public deliberations to enhance science policymaking. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, a senior advisor at Discover Magazine, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, and was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee. She is the author of The Science of Cheerleading and co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, published by Arizona State University. Darlene holds degrees from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania and was a high school, college and NBA cheerleader. Darlene lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four children.