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Engaging Underrepresented Communities


Photo courtesy of Camp Compass "How do we engage more diverse audiences?"
If you are asking this question, you are not alone. The Association of Science-Technology Centers helped convene a task to explore promising practices for increasing more equitable and inclusive practices for public participation in scientific research, in order to more effectively engage diverse audiences. This work was informed by case studies - stories of science centers, community organizations, and citizen science projects facing and working through challenges to be more inclusive in their programming. Among these are stories from the New York Hall of Science and the California Academy of Sciences. Case studies, a summary of the promising practices they informed, and more information about this initiative are all available here.

Citizen Science Weekend


Celebrate citizen science! Over the 2012-2013 winter break, the Museum of Discovery and Science shared CoCoRaHS, Project BudBurst, Project NestWatch, Galaxy Zoo, and other project activities in a family-focused Citizen Science Weekend. Take a look at what went on to gain inspiration for your own Citizen Science Celebration! Read more > >

 

 

Dreaming big about citizen science


The California Academy of Sciences has a long history of supporting public participation in scientific research. With a new agenda to document biodiversity throughout California, the Academy is working to integrate those activities across departments. Proceedings are now available from a meeting in May, 2012, where convened scientists, educators, and volunteers advised on best practices. Read more > >

 

 

Students and sword fern sentinels


Are the iconic Redwood trees surrounding the Chabot Space and Science Center at risk from a changing climate? Students and teachers take part in measuring and monitoring the length of sword fern fronds to track the vulnerability of this forest patch to moisture changes. Read more > >

 

 

Citizen paleontology


Fossils in Florida? Bones in a box? Blogger Lisa Gardiner shares stories of how the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, NY, are helping to keep alive the rich tradition of volunteer contributions to paleontological research - both within the museum doors and far beyond. Read more > >

 

 

Networking pre-schoolers through citizen science


Educators at the New York Hall of Science, when planning their citizen science programming, realized that their audience included families with very young children. In addition to adopting the BudBurst Buddies materials, NySci staff found a innovative strategy for keeping these families involved and engaged both with the project and each other - social media. Read more > >

 

 

Supporting data exploration


Few citizen science participants have the opportunity to understand what their individual data points really mean. At the Arizona Science Center, educators and partners developed a curriculum to support middle-school classes in exploring data from Project BudBurst and the USA National Phenology Network, and reached a state- wide audience of teachers in doing so. Read more > >

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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