Citizen Science and Science Cheerleaders at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

Come participate in meaningful research on the environment, genetics, biology and more at the USA Science & Engineering Festival (USASEF) this weekend! Visit booth # 951 to learn what citizen science is, and how to do interesting projects at home using the SciStarter website.

Here’s an inspiring video that describes the awesomeness of this festival!

At the booth you’ll meet scientists including members of the Science Cheerleaders  (current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers) who will perform science-themed routines, talk about their dual careers as scientists and professional cheerleaders, sign autographs and lead citizen science activities selected from SciStarter.

This year, we’re going to pilot test our brand new SciStarter Citizen Science Kits, created in partnership with our pals at the Oakland Museum of California!

The SciStarter team will also demonstrate how you can get involved in Citizen Science Day on April 14th, presented by SciStarter and the Citizen Science Association.

Citizen Science Projects Featured at USASEF, include:

ZomBee Watch: Scientists believe that the Zombie Fly, Apocephalus borealis, is parasitizing honey bees. Help researchers determine where honey bees are being parasitized by the Zombie Fly. You’ll learn to spot infected bees (we’ll show you what that nasty Zombie Fly looks like in person!), build your own bee catcher, and report observations to this project…or purchase a mini kit to get started right away!

Meet Your Mites: Learn about  face mites through DNA analysis when you swab your skin and send samples to the California Academy of Sciences. So far the study has shown that while there are many types of mites, many people – even those who have lived their whole lives in the US – have mites similar to those in the country where their ancestors were born.  We’ll help you swab your face right at the booth. 🙂 Or, if you want to get started later, you can purchase a mini kit to-go.

And many more!

SciStarter connects people to real science they can do by making it easy for people to find and join projects from its dynamic database featuring more than 2,000 citizen science projects, events and tools!


Categories: Events, USA Science and Engineering Festival


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.