Make Some Noise for Citizen Science!

By Eva Lewandowski September 29th, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Comment

Listen Up!

unnamedScientists need your help with a variety of audio-based research projects. Monitor noise levels near you; record sparrows’ songs to discover variations; track killer whales through audio recordings; and more!  Below, our editors highlight four citizen science projects focused on sounds.  Find more with the SciStarter Project Finder.

The SciStarter Team

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Finding The First Project For Your Classroom

By Guest September 29th, 2016 at 12:33 pm | Comment

In his second post, guest contributor Ben Graves shares his advice for identifying a citizen science project for the classroom. Ben Graves is a fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation, which supports a small cohort of early-career teachers across the United States with intensive professional development. He teaches AP Environmental Science and freshman environmental science at Delta High School, a rural school in Western Colorado.

This post is part of our Science Educator series. We encourage readers to continue the conversation by adding their own comments, question or concerns on our Facebook page. You’ll find the link at the end of this story. Read the rest of this entry »

Categories: Citizen Science

The Illusion of Average: An Open Science Approach to Research

By Darlene Cavalier September 26th, 2016 at 3:45 pm | Comment

The video of the 9/23 New Tools breakfast seminar, The Illusion of Average: An Open Science Approach to Research, is now available.

The Illusion of Average: An Open Science Approach to Research from SFIS @ ASU on Vimeo.

If you missed the first talk in the series, watch the full video here:

Please join Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes for the conclusion of the Illusion of Average series on Friday, October 21. Eric Hekler (Arizona State University) will moderate a discussion between William Riley (National Institutes of Health) and Paul Tarini (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) about establishing research portfolios to support research in an age of personalization. Learn more by visiting:

Categories: Citizen Science,Events

Citizen Science Maker Summit 2016

By Darlene Cavalier September 23rd, 2016 at 12:47 am | Comment

ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit
The ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit 2016 is a two-day event, hosted by Arizona State University in partnership with SciStarter, designed to explore the crossroads of citizen science and the maker movement. The summit is scheduled for October 26 (evening), 27 & 28, 2016 in downtown Chandler, Arizona at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center.

Registration is now open with discounts before September 30.

Arizona State University is a thought leader in both the citizen science and maker movements. Through the SciStarter website (a research initiative of ASU), we host a collection of more than 1,600 citizen science projects and events. ASU also led the first university collaboration with the TechShop maker space. In 2014, ASU hosted the inaugural Maker Summit, focusing on the Maker movement in higher education. It attracted 200 attendees from around the country.

By bringing together our larger national network, the ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit seeks to promote cross-pollination, learning and future collaborations among makers, designers, scientists, citizen scientists, and higher education institutions in support of making and citizen science.

The ASU Citizen Science Maker Summit 2016 will facilitate the sharing of best practices and help jump-start opportunities for the citizen science and making communities to learn from each other. The event will include a combination of breakout sessions, skill-building workshops and networking events, as well as multiple keynote speakers and optional tours/activities.

Learn more about the speakers and the goals by visiting .

Connecting Citizen Scientists to Watersheds: A Conversation with Kim Hachadoorian

By Russ Campbell September 22nd, 2016 at 1:19 pm | Comment

By Russ Campbell

Brandywine Creek, which runs through southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, once poweredBrandywine Creek, which runs through southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, once powered the mills  that supported European settlements in the late 17th and 18th centuries.  Today, people rely on the creek for recreation and as a source of drinking water.  SciStarter contributor Russ Campbell recently spoke to Kim Hachadoorian, The Nature Conservancy Delaware‘s project manager for Stream Stewards, a citizen science project  that seeks to preserve this natural resource. Read the rest of this entry »