ASEE Panel: STEM Communication

By cnickerson | July 16, 2018 4:04 pm

Last week, on Monday, July 9, Darlene Cavalier, the founder of SciStarter and Science Cheerleader and a Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, presented on a panel at a American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) event. The panel was part of a larger two-day conference hosted by ASEE for engineering communicators.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Events, Technology

Shark Week is coming! Shark Week is coming!

By lshell | July 16, 2018 3:46 pm

Five “Jaws”-dropping projects for Shark Week
 
As a prelude to the Discovery Channel’s 30th year of Shark Week, SciStarter’s editors picked these five projects you can do related to sharks and their conservation. Whether it’s collecting and reporting shark egg cases or documenting sightings to track species, there are many ways to unlock your inner elasmobranchologist before July 22, the start of Shark Week!

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Conservation
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Think you have remarkable memory traits? Share them by participating in the Harvard PGP-Lumosity Memory Challenge

By cnickerson | July 9, 2018 10:32 am
Image Credit: PGP homepage

Image Credit: PGP homepage

It all starts with Professor George Church’s vision. Church is a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute and professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School.

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Science in the Skies: Studying Clouds with CitSci

By Sharman Apt Russell | July 7, 2018 7:02 am
By Sharman Apt Russell 
The lazy days of summer are perfect for kicking back and watching the clouds float by. Why not contribute to citizen science from the comfort of your hammock with this cloud-observing project from NASA?

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Astronomy, Citizen Science

Grab your basket and blanket, July is Picnic Month!

By lshell | June 30, 2018 10:05 am
Picnic basket and blanket on a sunny day. Amy Liscomb (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Amy Liscomb (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

This month it’s exceptionally easy to celebrate by simply grabbing your meal and bringing it outside! Lots of creatures will likely join you during your meal en plein air, so this is a good opportunity to say hello and take note as some sing you songs, some attempt to take a nibble of your food… and others yet who may attempt to take a nibble of you! While you’re enjoying the fresh air, here are six citizen science projects that you can do from the comfort of your own picnic blanket.

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science

Hiking in the Appalachian Mountains? Here’s How You Can Contribute to Science While You’re At It

By Kristin Butler | June 30, 2018 10:02 am
Hitting the trails for the long holiday weekend? Here’s a citizen science project you can contribute if you’re exploring the Appalachian Mountains, which stretch all the way from Georgia to Maine. Happy trails!  ~The SciStarter Editorial Team

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment

A Global Effort to Protect Giraffes with Citizen Science

By Kristin Butler | June 21, 2018 12:11 pm

I read once that if you want to keep a giraffe in captivity you have to capture it when it is young because an adult giraffe will fight to the death to be free.

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Happy National Pollinator Week!

By lshell | June 18, 2018 9:13 am
Danny Perez CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Danny Perez CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

From June 18 to June 24 we celebrate the pollinators that make most of our food possible. This week, take a moment to make and share your observations with scientists. Our editors selected five projects in need of your help. More about pollinators from Penn State’s website:

 

“Pollinators include bees, butterflies, beetles, flies, some birds and some bats. They move pollen from male structures (anthers) of flowers to the female structure (stigma) of the same plant species. Movement of pollen (analogous to sperm) to a flower’s stigma results in fertilization of the flower’s eggs. An adequately fertilized flower will produce seeds and the fruit surrounding seeds, ensuring that a new generation of plants can be grown. Pollination is mutually beneficial to plants and to pollinators. Sugary nectar provides pollinators with carbohydrates while pollen offers proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, and necessary phytochemicals.”
So let’s go help some pollinators this week!
Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science

Science Festivals: Report from the Front Lines

By cnickerson | June 15, 2018 3:10 pm

By Caroline Nickerson

Over the past few months, members of the SciStarter team have been working around the country to share new citizen science projects at science festivals. It’s been so much fun to join others excited about science and get a chance to meet some of you!

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Education, Events

Have You Accepted Your Research Mission Yet?

By lshell | June 7, 2018 1:03 am

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Have you accepted Your Research Mission yet?

SciStarter is challenging you to a special mission to join and participate (at least once) in any three of these SciStarter Affiliate projects. Complete your mission and you’ll earn a SciStarter certificate. Keep on participating and you’ll be eligible to become one of the top three mission contributors to win some swag and be connected with of one the scientists you helped!

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team

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