This Citizen Science Project May Help Explain How Supermassive Black Holes Form

Virtually every galaxy bigger than our Milky Way has a supermassive black hole at its center. These supermassive black holes can weigh tens of millions of times more than our sun. How do black holes grow so gigantic? And why are supermassive black holes at the heart of so many galaxies? A citizen science project … Read more “This Citizen Science Project May Help Explain How Supermassive Black Holes Form”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science

Earth Day Activities: These Science Projects Get You Outside Virtually

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a time of year when many people by get outside to take part in community clean ups and environmental celebrations. But this year is different. Schools and parks have closed, and we’re left to celebrate while social distancing. This list of citizen science activities and projects can … Read more “Earth Day Activities: These Science Projects Get You Outside Virtually”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, EarthSchool, Ecology & Environment

2020: New Year, New Resolutions

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there’s a good chance you didn’t get around to writing your New Year’s Resolutions. That’s okay! We at SciStarter have done it for you. Eat Better Exercise More Expand Your Mind Meditate Give Back Do Something Squirrel-Related Best of all, we’ve got citizen science projects that will make … Read more “2020: New Year, New Resolutions”

Categories: Citizen Science, Newsletter

Webinar Tomorrow: Become a Citizen Scientist to Protect the Planet!

You’re Invited! Designed specifically for Verizon’s Corporate Employee Volunteers but open to all, tomorrow’s webinar provides an introduction to citizen science and then to SciStarter, an organization and online portal that helps people find, join, and participate in citizen science projects. A step-by-step guide will show how to use SciStarter to find local to global … Read more “Webinar Tomorrow: Become a Citizen Scientist to Protect the Planet!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science Month, Events, webinar

Gift Guide for the Explorers on Your List

Does your holiday shopping list include an adventurer yearning to explore a wider world? A science-curious friend or significant other? Behold, our Annual SciStarter Gift Giving Guide! Holiday Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Citizen Science, Newsletter

Book Review: Citizen Science and Civic Engagement in Japan after a Nuclear Disaster

Review: Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima. By Aya Hirata Kimura. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016.  Radiation and Food Safety In March 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a tsunami that would result in a tragic loss of life. Water overtook the … Read more “Book Review: Citizen Science and Civic Engagement in Japan after a Nuclear Disaster”

Categories: Book Review, Citizen Science

Boston is WICKED hot. This is what they’re doing about it.

Want to learn more about this initiative? Check out the Wicked Hot Boston series, Parts One and Two. Want to address climate hazards in your community? Head over to SciStarter.org/NOAA to find a citizen science project. Wicked Hot Boston It’s true: the world is getting hotter, and Boston is becoming WICKED hot.  This past summer, … Read more “Boston is WICKED hot. This is what they’re doing about it.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Events

Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net

Citizen Science at Your Library Citizen science can open up a world of free STEAM learning opportunities for library patrons. From identifying butterflies to measuring light pollution, citizen science offers unique ways to engage every patron and allow them to contribute to the greater scientific community. With welcoming environments and equitable access to resources, libraries … Read more “Citizen Science Month (and Beyond!) at Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net”

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science Month, libraries

You’re Invited: Planning Global Citizen Science Month, April 2020

April 2020 is Global Citizen Science Month, and SciStarter, Arizona State University, the Citizen Science Association, and many other partners from around the world provide free resources, support, and an event calendar to help you plan and promote your online or in-person event.     I’m Caroline Nickerson, SciStarter’s Program Manager for Global Citizen Science … Read more “You’re Invited: Planning Global Citizen Science Month, April 2020”

Categories: Citizen Science, Citizen Science Day, Citizen Science News, Events, Global Citizen Science Month

Explore biodiversity with iNaturalist and the Appalachian Mountain Club

Do you want to know more about the world around you? iNaturalist allows anyone, anywhere to contribute to a global record of biodiversity by uploading pictures of plants and animals with their smartphone or computer. In a new podcast episode (listen below!), co-host Justin Schell talks with Dr. Carrie Seltzer, the Stakeholder Engagement Strategist for … Read more “Explore biodiversity with iNaturalist and the Appalachian Mountain Club”

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Project Profile