Teachers: here’s a great citizen science project taking place 4/27 ,1:30 pm ET!

goal: Help seismologists detect and warn of earthquakes. task: Do a 1 minute cheer with your class and measure the shaking of your classroom. Join the Big Cheer for Science and Engineering on April 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm ET, presented by SciStarter, Science Cheerleader, the USGS, the Iris Consortium, Discover Magazine and the USA … Read more “Teachers: here’s a great citizen science project taking place 4/27 ,1:30 pm ET!”

Categories: Geology & Earth Sciences, Science Education Standards

Meet the SciStarter team in Philadelphia!

Come join the SciStarter team at that “Woodstock of Science,” the Philadelphia Science Festival this Saturday, April 21st. Stroll along the beautiful Ben Franklin Parkway amid hundreds of hands-on science experiments and exhibits! And, on Tuesday, 4/24, meet SciStarter founder Darlene Cavalier, Azavea (creators of Philly Tree Map, see below) CEO Robert Cheetham, and SciStarter … Read more “Meet the SciStarter team in Philadelphia!”

Categories: Citizen Science

What’s Your Lens On Nature?

Imagine someone who is exploring nature. Are they wearing a backpack and hiking boots? Are they roaming the great outdoors? Now imagine someone exploring science. Are they wearing a lab coat and glasses? Are they in a chemistry lab or a room full of computers? Have they been indoors so long that their eyes squint at the light of day? Scientists, naturalist, writers, and artists all look at nature in different ways. What's your lens on nature? … Read more

Categories: Animals, Birds, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors, Science Education Standards

Call for Abstracts & more – Public Participation in Scientific Research Conf, Portland, OR, Aug 4-5, 2012

Registration is open for the Conference on Public Participation in Scientific Research (citizen science, volunteer monitoring, community-based research, crowd science). August 4th and 5th, 2012 in Portland, Oregon. $30 with registration for ESA meeting, $95 for this event only. Now accepting poster abstracts and scholarship applications until May 4, 2012. With the rapid growth and … Read more “Call for Abstracts & more – Public Participation in Scientific Research Conf, Portland, OR, Aug 4-5, 2012”

Categories: Citizen Science

Citizen Science Test Drive: Apps for birding.

The first blog post in our new series titled “Citizen Science Test Drive,” (where we present first-person reviews of citizen science apps, tools and platforms) featured reviews of three nature apps by SciStarter contributor Lisa Gardner.  Today, we bring you Kate Atkins, a regular SciStarter contributor and avid birder. Here, Kate shares her list of … Read more “Citizen Science Test Drive: Apps for birding.”

Categories: Apps, Birds, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors

Big Data is a Big Deal

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy recently announced the “Big Data Research and Development Initiative.” This may be of interest to researchers and practitioners of crowd sourcing and citizen science. For example, as part of this effort, the National Science Foundation will fund a $10 million Expeditions in Computing project based at … Read more “Big Data is a Big Deal”

Categories: Citizen Science