SciStarter and partners are joining forces to enable science enthusiasts, educators, students and people from all walks of life, to participate in cutting-edge research projects and contribute to scientific discovery. If you're interested in partnering with SciStarter to connect your audience with more than a thousand citizen science opportunities and communities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. License our Project Finder and customize your own Citizen Science database!
SciStarter teamed up scientists at the University of California, Davis, and our sister site, Science Cheerleader, for Project MERCCURI an investigation of how microbes found in buildings on Earth compare to those on board the biggest building ever built in space – the International Space Station (ISS). Project MERCURRI provided an opportunity for thousands of citizen scientists to participate in research by collecting microbes from surface areas in buildings, cell phones, and shoes. The project was one of eight competitively selected in late November 2012 in the ISS Research Competition sponsored by Space Florida and NanoRacks LLC. Project MERCCURI and the 7 other winning experiment teams had their experiments flown and executed onboard the ISS in February, 2014. Our experiment compared growth rates of 48 microbial samples selected among thousands collected. Learn more by visiting SpaceMicrobes.org and by watching this brief clip on Inside Science or this fun clip from the Today Show.
SciGirls airs on PBS Kids and features animated girls who love exploring their world through science! This season, the SciGirls are on a mission to do citizen science and PBSKids is helping by featuring the SciStarter Project Finder (http://pbskids.org/scigirls/citizen-science) as a resource for million of kids and their parents to find projects to get involved in!
The Pulse is WHYY's one-hour, weekly radio program focused on stories at the heart of health, science and innovation in the Philadelphia region. The stories are told from ground level, where issues hit home with patients, providers, researchers and families. SciStarter and the Pulse present a Citizen Science series to chronicle opportunities and successes in the local citizen science field. Listen to the Pulse every Friday at 9 a.m. on 90.9 FM or visit whyy.org/thepulse for the latest stories.
KidScoop is partnering with Scistarter to reach the nearly 7 million newspaper readers in communities throughout the United States and Canada. Kid Scoop prepares the next generation of literate and engaged youth. KidScoop helpa children in grades K-6 develop literacy skills to become productive community members and participatory citizens. By providing eye-popping, pencil-grabbing child-focused content, KidScoop sparks critical thinking skills and fostersintellectual curiosity.
SciStarter is teaming up the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to present a dynamic citizen science project showcase appropriate for elementary, middle, high school, and college level participants. Beginning in October 2012, SciStarter's editors select projects featured on the NSTA websites each day and shared with teachers through newsletters, blogs and social media. “With this partnership, NSTA equips teachers and their students to contribute to real science research,” says Gerry Wheeler, Interim Executive Director. “Our members are looking for authentic science to help study and explore the world."
The TerraMar Project is on a mission to build a global community to give a voice to the least explored, most ignored part of our planet; the high seas. If you love the ocean and believe the seas should be sustainably managed, get your passport to TerraMar and join the chorus calling for a standalone ocean Sustainable Development Goal in the United Nations' post-2015 agenda! The TerraMar Project features a customized version of SciStarter's searchable Project Finder on its website!
Scistarter, in partnership with Instructables and Discover Magazine, invites the public to come up with solutions to the challenges faced by citizen scientists, researchers and project organizers. The goal of the "Citizen Science Contest" is to enhance the citizen science experience by coming up with solutions to some real annoyances: stop critters from eating sunflowers planted to observe pollinating bees; or, dream up your a home-based research project that involves public participation to advance a field of scientific research. Participants have a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a Celestron Telescope and being ublished in an issue of Discover Magazine. Citizen Science project organizers are invited to post their own challenges on their SciStarter Project Page.
In December 2012, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) launched a new blog, aptly titled, “Citizen Sci." Each week, contributors from the SciStarter team also blog for PLoS, about the projects, people, and perspectives fueling new frontiers for citizen science.
SciStarter and Science Cheerleader are teaming up to mentor kids, including 100,000 youth Pop Warner Little Scholar cheerleaders, and get people from all walks of life involved in citizen science projects such as Project MERCCURI! . At Science Cheerleader outreach events, we select from over 500 curated science projects to match audience interests.
Changing Planet is a series of three, televised town hall meetings, hosted by Tom Brokaw and Anne Thompson of NBC News, that explores the impact of climate change on our planet. The series encourages open dialogue about climate change by gathering scientists, thought leaders, business people to brainstorm solutions and even get involved in real research through citizen science projects on SciStarter. Changing Planet was produced by Discover Magazine and NBC Learn in conjunction with the National Science Foundation, Planet Forward and SciStarter.