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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.
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SciStarter is a proud research affiliate of Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and ASU's Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society. SciStarter, ASU, the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, the Loka Institute and the Museum of Science are founding partners of the Expert and Citizen Assessment for Science and Technology.
SciStarter works with the David Suzuki Foundation, one of Canada’s most trusted and recognized environmental organizations, to engage Canadians to monitor their environment. “Our audience is looking for opportunities to participate in science and decision-making. SciStarter’s platform connects keen participants with interesting projects so that everyone benefits,” says Senior Research Scientist Scott Wallace. The David Suzuki Foundation’s vision is that within a generation Canadians act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and interdependent with nature. The Foundation’s work includes a focus on ocean health, climate and energy, environmental rights and getting children into nature, all of which benefit from greater public engagement in science. One of the Foundation’s core projects is the Blue Dot movement, a national grassroots campaign to advance the legal protection of all Canadians’ right to live in a healthy environment, including the right to clean air and water, safe food and a stable climate. Engaging more people in citizen science helps us realize this vision.
Every week, SciStarter's editors select grade-appropriate projects from our Project Finder to serve up on the NSTA's websites. “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, but it can be difficult for them to know where to begin. Now we’ll be offering projects vetted, sorted and aggregated by SciStarter to NSTA’s vast network of K-12 educators and science supervisors, as well as to the thousands of online visitors to the NSTA website.”
SciStarter's editors write for and manage the popular blog, Citizen Science Salon, on DiscoverMagaizne.com, featuring the people, projects and prospectives of citizen sceince. Projects from our Project Finder are appear on Discover via our free API. “Our audience tells us they’re eager to help study and explore the world, but it can be difficult for them to know where to begin," says Steve George, editor in chief of Discover Magaine. "Now we’ll be offering projects vetted, sorted and aggregated by SciStarter to our three million monthly online visitors.”
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organizes the Eye on Earth Global Summit to addresss the profound impact that rapid economic and industrial development has on natural resources, biodiversity and consumption patterns around the world. These global challenges require international collaborative action to find transformative solutions that span political boundaries and help secure a sustainable future for all. One of the critical first steps – and the focus of the EoE Summit 2015 - was to address the need for evidence-based decision-making that can benefit from the available wealth of scientific data, information and knowledge if they are made more accessible to all.
Responding to a data drive call, communities and partner organizations, including ScIStarter, agreed to make accessible data and knowledge. UNEP features the ScIStarter Project Finder (via a free and open API) on its website as well.
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 custom version of SciStarter's 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) and SciStarter launched a new blog, aptly titled, “CitizenSci" SciStarter manages the blog and posts citizen sceince articles relevant for the PLoS audience: researchers, practitioners, and educators.
SciStarter works through the Science Cheerleaders (300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers) to reach broader audiences including sports fans and youth athletes and cheerleaders. We've activated citizen science projects at the NBA 76ers game, for example, by shooting microbe collection kits from a t-shirt canon in center court, right into the stands! We've engaged thousands of youth cheerleaders in citizen scientists by teaching them how to measure their field's soil moisture levels for a project we are running with NASA.
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The Eisen Lab at the University of California, Davis, awarded SciStarter a grant to co-create and activate a national citizen science research study to compare microbes on Earth and in space...on the International Space Station! We enlisted the help of thousands of citizen scientists, generated substaintial media attention, helped with payload arrangements and even served as coPIs on this awesome project. Check out SpaceMicrobes.org to learn more!
Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES.org) announced $50,000 grant to SciStarter to recruit, train, and equip teams of citizen scientists in all 50 states to measure and report soil moisture measurements at regular intervals. Data will be made available to local decision-makers and it will be used to help validate and calibrate NASA’s SMAP satellite.
The National Science Foundation supported "Changing Planet," a series of three, televised town hall meetings, hosted by Tom Brokaw and Anne Thompson of NBC News, that explored the impact of climate change on our planet. The series encouraged 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. SciStarter was hired to integrate opportunities for television viewers, online visitors, and live event guests, to engage in citizen science projects designed to monitor global climate change.
Sponsors and Support
Knight Foundation: The Knight Foundation provided a Knight Prototype Fund. Grant to Scistarter to help test an early concept and bring it closer to fruition.
SciStarter's project aimed to connect data journalists and researchers with citizen scientists who are interested in helping them collect data about specific issues (i.e. water quality in a particular neighborhood). This early support helped us rapidly prototype a tool we then refined and integrated in SciStarter 2.0.
Simons Foundation: With support from the Simons Foundation, we made our valuable ‘project finder’ feature and the database of citizen science projects available for communities, media partners and websites to duplicate on their own pages. We aggregate more than 1,100 citizen science projects on a single website in order to connect scientists and community leaders with anyone who wants to contribute to science. The Simons Foundation grant enabled SciStarter to create open, customizable software tools that anyone can use. We already share the database of projects with PBS Kids, the National Science Teachers Association, Serve.gov, Discover magazine and Astronomy magazine. The Simons Foundation grant made it possible for us to create ‘plug-and-play’ versions of the database to make it even more readily available to everyone. In addition, now everyone who adds a project to the SciStarter database will benefit from unlimited distribution outlets, reaching millions of potential participants.
Sloan Foundation With the rapid proliferation of online citizen science web sites has come a diversity of different technical and social approaches to engaging citizens in the process of gathering data to support science research. With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Azavea, a geospatial software engineering firm, and SciStarter, an on line community for citizen science, collaborated to evaluate a representative set of online citizen science software tools. The evaluation effort analyzed existing online citizen science tools and platforms for their technology, extensibility, visualization, and engagement features in order to better understand their ability to support a diverse and growing catalog of citizen science projects. The results of this research can be found on the SciStarter Research page. Thanks to support from the Sloan Foundation, we were also able to host a workshop in partnership with Drexel University’s ExCITe Center, to build an early taxonomy for citizen science project fields.
National Science Foundation:
Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL) The National Science Foundation awarded a $300,000 Pathways grant to Arizona State University’s Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society for the development of SciStarter 2.0. The grant is helping us advance the growing field of citizen and community science by moving beyond our current capacity to build and test:
1. An identity management system and open integrated registration for participants to more easily engage in multiple citizen science projects, even across platforms and disciplines
2. GIS implementation so would-be participants can find opportunities near them
3. Ability for participants to track their projects, participation, and contributions to science
4. Participants can create privacy-protected profiles and find people and projects of interest to them
Award Abstract #1516703 SciStarter 2.0: A Dashboard to Drive Research, Participation, and Community-building in Citizen Science
iCORPS-L SciStarter was awarded a National Science Foundation iCORPS grant (Innovation Corp) to foster entrepreneurship that will lead to the commercialization of technology that has been supported previously by NSF-funded research (SciStarter 2.0).
EAGER (ASU): Exploring a Taxonomy for Citizen Science Tools Database To help facilitate citizen science projects, an inventory of technologies used in citizen science projects is needed, as well as available technologies that have not yet been tapped which could provide opportunities for future citizen science efforts. Citizen science practitioners also need an easily understood reference/resource guide to evaluate available technologies. The types of technologies considered include standalone sensors, instrumentation available in smartphones such as cameras and global positioning systems, digital imaging devices, test strips, unconventional uses of standard devices, and digital and analog measurement tools. This project will build a foundation for increasing the capacity for future research into citizen science and informal science learning by increasing the frequency and efficacy of citizen science. Award Abstract #1645382
The National Science Foundation also provided support for the "Changing Planet," a series of three, televised town hall meetings, hosted by Tom Brokaw and Anne Thompson of NBC News, that explored the impact of climate change on our planet. The series encouraged 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. SciStarter’s grant enabled the integration of citizen science opportunities for television viewers, online visitors, and live event guests, to engage in citizen science projects designed to monitor global climate change.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund: BWF makes it possible for SciStarter to bring citizen science projects to life at live events including the USA Science & Engineering Festival, the Philadelphia Science Festival, the Bay Area Science Festival and the Cambridge Science Festival.