Nature: American Spring LIVE, premieres April 29 on PBS. #citizenscience

By cnickerson | February 1, 2019 2:05 pm
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Spring is one of nature’s greatest performances – a time of rebirth, renewed energy and dramatic transformations. For three consecutive nights, Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS, Nature: American Spring LIVE presents the change from winter to spring in real time from iconic locations across America. The series will include a mix of live and pre-taped footage highlighting some of the most pivotal events in nature’s calendar. A diverse group of researchers and citizen scientists will investigate how a wide range of organisms respond to the change of seasons. They will share their insights into the natural world, reveal new technologies that make their discoveries possible and encourage audiences to join the adventure of science.

To encourage citizen science participation during the broadcast and beyond, Nature: American Spring LIVE has partnered with the Celebrate Urban Birds and Bird Cams projects (Cornell Lab of Ornithology), The Great Sunflower Project (San Francisco State University), The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (University of Minnesota Monarch Lab), Track-a-Lilac with Nature’s Notebook (USA National Phenology Network), SciStarter (School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University),Next Avenue (Twin Cities PBS), and the National Park Service.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Event, In the News

Rams vs. Patriots: Citizen Science Projects with the Science Cheerleaders

By lshell | January 29, 2019 2:05 pm

We’re highlighting five citizen science projects to celebrate the Super Bowl! In this newsletter, we’re also featuring the Science Cheerleaders: current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science careers.

These SciCheers hail from L.A. and Boston.

Our editors included a project for all the fans traveling to Atlanta for the big game!

The SciStarter Team

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Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities By Design

By cnickerson | January 29, 2019 8:53 am

citsci nas report coverA new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,  “Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design” in now available in print. 

In the last twenty years, citizen science has blossomed as a way to engage a broad range of individuals in doing science. Citizen science projects focus on, but are not limited to, nonscientists participating in the processes of scientific research, with the intended goal of advancing and using scientific knowledge. A rich range of projects extend this focus in myriad directions, and the boundaries of citizen science as a field are not clearly delineated. Citizen science involves a growing community of professional practitioners, participants, and stakeholders, and a thriving collection of projects. While citizen science is often recognized for its potential to engage the public in science, it is also uniquely positioned to support and extend participants’ learning in science.

Contemporary understandings of science learning continue to advance. Indeed, modern theories of learning recognize that science learning is complex and multifaceted. Learning is affected by factors that are individual, social, cultural, and institutional, and learning occurs in virtually any context and at every age. Current understandings of science learning also suggest that science learning extends well beyond content knowledge in a domain to include understanding of the nature and methods of science.

Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design discusses the potential of citizen science to support science learning and identifies promising practices and programs that exemplify the promising practices. This report also lays out a research agenda that can fill gaps in the current understanding of how citizen science can support science learning and enhance science education.

Find highlights from the report here .

Among the authors is Darlene Cavalier, Founder of SciStarter, and Professor of Practice at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Classroom, Education, Research

Starting a Citizen Science Club at a University

By Guest | January 25, 2019 7:39 pm



Why Start a Club?

Creating a citizen science student organization is a great way to build community both on campus and in your local community. Citizen science provides a platform for peers to share their individual interests and passions while working together on unique projects. Citizen science student organizations are able to give members an incredible sense of camaraderie through plenty of fun and exciting opportunities.

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Libraries – Coming Soon to a Citizen Science Conference Near You!

By Guest | January 16, 2019 10:45 am

If you are a fan of public libraries (and I’m assuming everyone is a fan of public libraries), I’ve got some exciting news for you!  Citizen Science practitioners and public libraries have been taking a good look at each other and finding ways of partnering to the mutual benefit of both.  If you are attending CitSci2019, March 13-17 in Raleigh, you will have an opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives from leaders, and to contribute to the ongoing discussion, at the Building capacity for partnership-centric community and citizen science in libraries Symposium.

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Top 18 Projects of 2018 on SciStarter

By lshell | January 14, 2019 12:43 pm

d41586-018-07106-5_162194482018 was a great year for Citizen Science! More than 3,000 projects and events are now registered on SciStarter. There’s something for everyone, everywhere.

In this edition of the newsletter, we are honoring the Top 18 Projects of 2018: projects that our collective community shared, participated in, and loved.


The SciStarter Team

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Mystic River Herring Education Project

By Guest | January 11, 2019 5:03 pm

Natural beauty is not out of reach even in the most urban of spaces. The Mystic River Watershed is the most populated watershed in Massachusetts, with 7% of the MA population living on 1% of its land. Extending from Cambridge north to Arlington and Winchester, the story of the Mystic River is one of extensive industrialization. Decades ago, locals built dams to power mills. These dams interrupt habitat and make it difficult for herring to move upstream. Due to these dams as well as over-fishing, the herring population declined from seventy million in the mid-1950s to two hundred thousand in 2012.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Environment

Calling all librarians: Invitation to participate in Citizen Science Day 2019

By cnickerson | January 4, 2019 1:55 pm

Dear Librarian,

Libraries and similar venues are public spaces where community members, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, economic level, or education level, can engage in a variety of activities.  May we suggest citizen science, which enables ordinary people to advance real scientific research?  Professional scientists need your help, and connecting through citizen science projects offers robust opportunities for patrons to address local or global concerns and to stoke and support curiosity across disciplines.

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Citizen Science Needed to Help Feed the World

By Kristin Butler | January 4, 2019 1:06 pm

For more than a hundred years, the United States government has paired university scientists with local farmers to study how best to feed the world.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Research

Five ways to integrate citizen science into your New Year’s Resolutions

By lshell | December 29, 2018 4:53 pm
new_years_fireworksHappy New Year! We resolve to make it easier than ever for you to discover and engage in research that needs you. Here are simple ways to integrate citizen science into your own resolutions.
The SciStarter Team

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