New Book Review Series

By cnickerson | August 16, 2018 11:55 am

We have an exciting announcement!

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Education

Discover real science projects you can contribute to in your browser’s new tab!

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | August 8, 2018 9:19 am

Featured on Product Hunt!

Help a Scientist helps you discover real citizen science projects from SciStarter you can contribute to in your browser’s new tab!

Discover ways to advance science in your new tab. Help a Scientist replaces the new tab of your browser with an opportunity to participate in a citizen science project.

Each time you refresh the page or open a new tab, there will be a new fun task waiting for you. If something catches your eye, simply clicking the button will take you to the SciStarter page to tell you exactly how to contribute to the project.

Your contribution may help real researchers obtain real results!

Get the free extension here and stay tuned for a profile about the 17-year-old creator of Help a Scientist!



Connected Learning Summit

By cnickerson | August 7, 2018 3:14 pm

On August 1, 2, and 3, MIT Media Lab and several other sponsors hosted the first iteration of the annual Connected Learning Summit. I attended this conference to support my SciStarter colleague, Lea Shell,who absolutely ROCKED her “ignite” talk at the close of the conference.  But as I attended each successive day of the conference, I also fell in love with principles of connected learning and became deeply impressed with the thoughtfulness of conference organizers, presenters, and attendees. I think that connected learning, with its innovative, playful approach, has potential applications in the field of citizen science.

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Celebrate summer with citizen science!

By lshell | July 28, 2018 4:26 pm

35008202372_304a290485_hSearch for the Rusty Patched bee, track flood impacts, or use your surfboard as a water quality sensor.

Planning a trip to the beach, a park, or a campsite? Here are six ways to contribute to real science while enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.
The SciStarter Team

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Join #MissionMonarch

By cnickerson | July 27, 2018 12:43 pm


Do you live in Mexico, the United States, or Canada? Then starting tomorrow, you can join in the second International Monarch Monitoring Blitz. From July 28 to August 5, it’s time for #MissionMonarch.

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Join a National Moth Week Event Near You!

By cnickerson | July 20, 2018 9:41 am

Tomorrow, on Saturday, July 21, Moth Week will commence! Running until Sunday, July 29, Moth Week is a way for people of all ages all around the world to come together to celebrate the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. These self-described “Moth-ers” are in fact citizen scientists, as one of the key missions of Moth Week is to collect moth observation data.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Conservation, Events

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!

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

Citizen Science Salon

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Citizen Science Salon, brought to you by SciStarter, is where science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers. We'll feature weekly collaborative, crowdsourced, and DIY research projects that relate to what you're reading about in Discover, so you can take science into your own hands. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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