We’re thrilled to announce a new weekly series: SciStarter LIVE! During these informal events, we’re going LIVE while we work through a citizen science project. You’ll have opportunities to hear from project leaders, get your questions answered, hang out with the SciStarter team and more. Just join us on Zoom or watch the live stream on SciStarter’s Facebook page. If you register, we will email you a link to the recording.
Tune in every Tuesday from 2-3pm Eastern!
Preparing for the event
You don’t have to prepare anything to attend a SciStarter: LIVE! event, just come as you are! But to make the most of your experience, we recommend signing up and logging in to your SciStarter account.
Just getting started? Watch our two-minute video on How to make a SciStarter account:
We also recommend trying out the project(s) that will be featured that week. That way, if you run into any snags, need any help or just have fun questions for the project leaders in attendance, you’ll be ready! You’ll find details about the featured projects once we’re closer to the event.
Upcoming SciStarter LIVE! dates
- October 4, 2022 – Trees Please! Help the Girl Scouts and NASA Map and Measure Trees Near You to Protect the Planet We’re featuring “GLOBE Observer: Trees,” a SciStarter Affiliate project that allows us to use our mobile devices to measure tree heights and report tree circumference, in order to understand changes in biomass and effects on the carbon cycle. Joining us on the webinar are Brian Campbell (NASA GLOBE) and Kaleigh McKenna (Girl Scouts).
- October 11, 2022 – Mental health with “The Neureka Project”: We’re going to learn more about Neureka, an app developed by researchers at Trinity College Dublin to crowdsource information from people around the world in hopes of better understanding why some people are more resilient than others, how mood and behaviour relate to one another and the environment and how mental health issues change or evolve over time. During this event, we’ll learn more about the goals of the project and how to use the app to share information by playing an online game, while maintaining personal privacy.
- October 18, 2022 – Become a Data-Literate Citizen Scientist! We’ll be learning about what it means to be “data literate” through the free tutorial “Building Data Literacy Through Community and Citizen Science”. This program equips learners with knowledge and skills to contribute and interpret data to community and citizen science projects and discover how data literacy can be applied in everyday situations.
- October 25, 2022 – Spooky Brains with project “Stall Catchers”
- November 1, 2022
- November 8, 2022
- November 15, 2022 – Projects to do indoors
- November 29, 2022 – Projects to do indoors
Events are subject to change. Share event topic ideas by sending an email to info@SciStarter.org.
Watch past SciStarter LIVE! events on YouTube
Didn’t make it to the main event? That’s okay, you can find recordings of each of our past SciStarter LIVE! events on our SciStarter YouTube channel.
- September 27, 2022 – Learn How to Observe the Moon with NASA: We are celebrating International Observe the Moon Night! In preparation for the primary event date, October 1st, join us to learn how to #ObserveTheMoon from your own home with our special guest, Caela Barry from NASA. We will talk about the goals of this program and how you and your community can get involved. In addition, we will highlight some of the excellent citizen science projects that will take you out of this world and into the stars!
- September 20, 2022 – Teaching in Higher Education with Citizen Science and Budburst: we walked through a new online tutorial – Teaching in Higher Education with Citizen Science – and heard from Dr. Sarah Jones – one of the scientists behind a popular project designed to advance our understanding of phenology and how plants and ecosystems respond to changing environments and seasons.
- September 13, 2022 – Solving Puzzles for Medicine with Eterna! featuring Eterna: We played Eterna, an online game to advance medical research. Jill Townley from Eterna demonstrated how solving online puzzles by digitally folding RNA molecules is helping scientists fight diseases. Audience: adults, college students/faculty, grades 9-12 students/faculty.
- September 6, 2022 – I’m a Math Teacher Dabbling in Kitchen Science featuring Sourdough for Science: Guest speaker Shannon Hardy showed us how to make sourdough for science and share observations about microbes with scientists at North Carolina State University. This event is ideal for educators and students in grades 5-8.
- August 30, 2022 – Observing Monarch Butterflies, for Science! featuring Journey North: We learned about monarch butterflies and how YOUR observations can advance monarch research and conservation. Monarchs were recently listed as globally endangered, which means information about their abundance and migration patterns are now more important than ever!
- August 23, 2022 – How To Do Citizen Science With Your Dog featuring C-BARQ: In honor of National Dog Day, we all grabbed our dogs and learned about, and participated in, fun and important research on canine behaviors! We were joined by canine researcher James Serpell, project leader for C-BARQ. He uses citizen scientists’ answers to questions about our dogs to create a better understanding of canine behavior.