(Shameless self promotion): What teachers, scientists and citizen scientists are saying about SciStarter.

Sure, we’ve had our fair share of national and international media coverage (Today Show, Discover, Nature, CBS, etc) but what really motivates us is feedback from teachers, researchers and citizen scientists.

Here’s what we’ve heard from folks this week:

From a teacher via Twitter:
“@LindseyOwn: @SciStarter is a blast! My students are basing part of their service learning project this year on citizen science from SciStarter!” (Follow SciStarter on Twitter!)

ScienceScope_SciStarter_citizen scienceFrom the National Science Teachers Association Communities blog: “As an advocate for citizen science projects, I’m excited about NSTA’s partnership with SciStarter—you may have seen the promotion on the Science Scope site. SciStarter is a searchable collection of community-based and citizen-science projects–regional, national, and international. There are projects appropriate for all grade levels and on a variety of topics By engaging in authentic activities, students have a chance to apply what they are learning to new situations, they can experience what scientists actually do, and many of their experiences could evolve into lifelong interests or career choices.” Read the full post here.

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science blog: “SciStarter helps citizen scientists discover new projects. Are you a citizen interested in doing science? Or a scientist looking to get volunteers to help you with a project? Then SciStarter is for you. SciStarter is an incredible database of citizen science projects. It is so diverse that I can pretty much guarantee that there’s a program you’ll find interesting (and doable). Some projects take only a few seconds while others are a larger investment. Some are location specific while others can be done from the comfort of your couch. I will highlight just three of the many, many projects found on the site to give you a taste of the different types of projects looking for volunteers.”
Read full blog here.

From citizen scientists:
“I really enjoyed the Laughter Project!
“I don’t understand what you want me to do.” (Keeping us on our toes!)

Categories: Citizen Science

About the Author

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.