Citizen science can be an excellent way to engage learners in the process of science and to address the Practices as outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In each issue of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Journal, Science Scope, a citizen science project from the SciStarter Project Finder is featured!
In the September 2018 issue of Science Scope, NASA Globe Observer (GO) Clouds is the featured citizen science project.
Here is a brief overview of the NASA GO Clouds Citizen Science Project, from the SciStarter Project Finder:
|Goal:||Help scientists understand the sky from above and below|
|Task:||Photograph clouds, record sky observations and share with NASA|
|Where:||Global, anywhere on the planet|
See recent NASA GO Cloud images submitted by citizen scientists around the globe!
The September Science Scope citizen science article entitled “Cloudy with a chance of ‘cirrus’ science” highlights how students can get involved in the project, as well as ideas and resources for educators to implement NASA GO Clouds in the science curriculum. The September NASA GO Clouds citizen science feature also connects to the issue’s main theme of Earth Systems, inviting students to see the “big picture” by exploring aspects of the dynamic natural world around them. See additional Earth Science projects here.
You can get involved with NASA GO Clouds citizen science today; all you will need to get started is a mobile device with the NASA GO Clouds app. Happy exploring!
Want more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!