We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Science for Citizens, a brand new website co-founded by Darlene Cavalier (who blogs as the Science Cheerleader) and Michael Gold (a former science editor and writer). This site aggregates citizen science projects (also known as amateur science projects or participatory research) and enlists volunteers to get their hands dirty with science. Discover Magazine calls it the Amazon.com of citizen science, Innocentive gave it two big thumbs up on Monday, and this week, the NSF Science and Media site said “Sci4Cits may be the solution to fragmentation, a serious issue for the informal science education community and its followers.”
Science For Citizens, in collaboration with the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), and Science House, will have a major presence at the Festival playing host to numerous hands-on, citizen science activities. Visitors at the Sci4Cits exhibit will have the opportunity to sort galaxies, test water quality, identify birds and fireflies, and participate in honest-to-goodness scientific research. Sci4Cits is now accepting applications from interested citizen science project leaders who wish to participate in this first-of-its-kind expo by demonstrating activities with thousands of festival goers-turned-scientists. If you are a citizen science practitioner and would like to participate in the Sci4Cits exhibit, please complete this brief survey before April 30 so we can better accommodate your goals and requirements. If you do not run a citizen science project, but would like to volunteer to help demonstrate one or more, that’s great, too! Just complete the contact information and make a note of your interest by sending an email here with any questions or comments. Thank you!