Avoid the “summer slide” with these cerebral activities for all ages.

Research indicates that over summer break, students can experience a “summer slide” that sets their learning back. One easy way to help prevent this is to keep the learning going during summer with fun projects and experiences.
SciStarter makes it easy for learners of all ages to find activities that match interests, availability and more! (And you can find additional tips from this great blog from All About Learning.)
Here are some other resources to keep learning all summer long:
1. Educators and learners of all ages can check out SciStarter’s education page for citizen science projects and activities organized by grade level, pre-K to college. Many offer supplemental resources such as lesson plans, worksheets and more.
2. Everyone can use the “advanced search” feature on SciStarter to find the perfect activity.
3. Join us online every Tuesday at 2pm ET for SciStarter LIVE when we walk through diverse projects with help from the project scientists you’ll be helping.
4. NASA scientists will join us for a special presentation of SciStarter LIVE on Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 PM ET to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the first Moon landing and to highlight ways to connect with real NASA research. This event is particularly good for teachers and students of all ages. Register here.
5. Speaking of NASA, find dozens of ways to participate in real NASA research from anywhere this summer on our NASA LIVE page.
6. For nature lovers, find tips from experts on how to photograph and share images of insects, plants or anything in nature by viewing a recording of a recent SciStarter LIVE event all about perfecting nature photography.
Find the recording here.
The SciStarter Team

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Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society and a Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU. Professor Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter (a popular citizen science portal and research platform connecting millions of people to real science they can do), founder of Science Cheerleaders (a non profit organization comprised of current and former NFL, NBA and college cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers), cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology and cofounder of ScienceNearMe.org. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, an advisor and Fellow at National Geographic, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee and named cochair of America 250's Innovation, Science, and Entrepreneurism Advisory Council. She is the co-editor of "The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science," author of "The Science of Cheerleading," and co-author of the Field Guide to Citizen Science (Timber Press). Recently, ASU President Michael Crow awarded Cavalier and her team the prestigious Medal for Social Embeddedness.