To the SciStarter Class of 2020 (that’s you!)

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Dear SciStarter Class of 2020:

Congratulations! You should be proud of the many contributions to science you’ve made this year, despite facing enormous challenges. SciStarter members, fortified by the addition of nearly 18,000 freshmen this school year alone (new SciStarter members), made 4,266,108 project contributions to science!

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But while today we celebrate the accomplishments of the past, we also look forward to new opportunities, including the SciStarter projects and initiatives shared in this newsletter. We hope you will embrace them with the same enthusiasm you’ve shown all year.

And now, you may throw your mortarboards.

Your Friends,
The SciStarter Team

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay

TED-Education and the U.N. Environment Programme have teamed up to create Earth School—six weeks of amazing, free programs and resources to learn while protecting the planet. Citizen science is featured this week!

Location: Global

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CanAirIO provides a step-by-step guide to build your own inexpensive air quality monitor.

Learn more, watch the tutorial (in English and Spanish!), and then access materials using SciStarter’s new “low cost instruments” database.

Location: Global

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The US National Library of Medicine features eight citizen science projects on SciStarter to advance research on human and environmental health.

Location: Online

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Participate in a citizen science project of your choice from SciStarter by June 30. Then, submit a short video highlighting your process and results. That’s it!

Location: Online

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A reporter in the UK wants to interview citizen scientists over 55 years old who are involved with SciStarter. Email her at elliebroughton@gmail.com.

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April was Citizen Science Month and, even though social distancing and stay at home orders made some traditional CitSci activities impossible, that didn’t stop you all from participating in 200 events. See preliminary outcomes.

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This new frame let’s you share your love for citizen science AND help your Facebook friends easily find opportunities to get involved in thousands of projects.

Tag “@SciStarter” on Facebook and use the #CitSciMonth and #CitizenScience hashtags for a chance to win a free copy of The Field Guide to Citizen Science book.

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Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

New on our Syndicated Blogs:

Kids at Home? Earth School Wants to Send Them on a Nature ‘Quest’, via Discover Magazine

Book Review: Never Home Alone, via Science Connected

To Fight Plastic Pollution, These Researchers Want Your Pictures of Beach Trash, via SciStarter

Categories: EarthSchool, Global Citizen Science Month, In the News, Newsletter

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About the Author

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline is a Master of Public Policy student at American University with a focus on environmental and climate change policy. She also works with the UF-VA UNESCO Bioethics Unit, the Christensen Project, the DC Gator Club, and the Commission on Local Debates. Caroline manages SciStarter's Syndicated Blog Network, which encompasses the Science Connected, Discover Magazine, and SciStarter platforms, and manages programs at SciStarter.