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Mobile Apps for Citizen Science | Smithsonian Science. Citizen science projects engage members of the public in scientific research. With the Next Generation Science Standards' emphasis on science and engineering practices, these projects provide an ideal way to involve students in the process of scientific investigation. An abundance of mobile apps makes participation in citizen science projects easier than ever and allows data entry in the field. Here is a selection of apps that we found particularly useful for engaging students. All of the apps listed are free, with the exception of the BirdLog app which costs $9.99 to download. Project Noah launched out of NYU and is supported by National Geographic. It provides a platform for documenting a wide range of the world's organisms. Leafsnap is an electronic field guide developed by Columbia University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Meteor Counter, developed by NASA, gives citizen scientists the opportunity to contribute to NASA research. NGSS | CitizenSci. Projects for Exclusively online. Formal Verification is the process of rigorously analyzing software to detect flaws that make programs vulnerable to exploitation. Performing this analysis requires highly skilled engineers with extensive training and experience. This makes the verification process costly and relatively slow.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Crowd Sourced Formal Verification (CSFV) program is interested in improving and advancing the current processes of formal verification by significantly increasing the number of people working on formal verification projects at any given time through crowd-sourcing. CSFV augments the intensive work done by formal verification experts by greatly decreasing the skill required to do formal verification. Much of the work required in the process of formal verification can be automated. Computers can be programmed to automatically scour software applications and verify the absence of certain bugs that make the applications vulnerable to misuse. Back to School with Citizen Science and NGSS! - SciStarter Blog at SciStarter Blog. Make citizen science a part of your classroom routine with SciStarter’s Back to School Series!

Here are 10 citizen science projects you can use in your classroom. SciStarter’s Karen McDonald aligned them with the new Next Generation Science Standards! Click the title of each project to link to detailed blog posts describing how the project can work in your classroom, and how it aligns with NGSS. Then, click “Get Started” to go directly to the SciStarter website to learn more about the project. Related links: Integrating Citizen Science Into Your Classroom SciStarter’s Classroom Picks! The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) Join researchers from the Colorado Climate Center in tracking weather and precipitation data across the US. Project Noah Challenge your students help document the biodiversity of their local plants, animals, insects and more.

Credit: Victor Loewen Urban Birds Journey North: Monarch Migration Join researchers to track and monitor monarch populations. Citizen science - National Geographic Society. Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs. Usually this participation is done as an unpaid volunteer. Collaboration in citizen science involves scientists and researchers working with the public. Community-based groups may generate ideas and engage with scientists for advice, leadership, and program coordination. Scientists may create a citizen-science program to capture more or more widely spread data without spending additional funding.

Volunteers have varying levels of expertise, from kids in their backyards to members of high school science clubs to amateur astronomers with sophisticated home equipment. Citizen-science projects may include wildlife-monitoring programs, online databases, visualization and sharing technologies, or other community efforts. History Use of Technology. Database of federal crowdsourcing and citizen science projects, by Commons Lab - Wilson Center. Citizen Science. Citizen Science projects let volunteers easily contribute to active science programs. They're useful when there is so much data it overwhelms computing algorithms (if they exist) or the scientific research team attempting to process it. In many cases it is easier to train volunteers to recognize patterns than it is to create a computer algorithm that attempts to do the same thing.

There are many opportunities for citizen scientists to assist in the analysis of the huge amounts of data collected from spacecraft missions or other records that are then distributed out to volunteer researchers of various levels and interests. Many are 100% online so can be done from the relative safety (and warmth) of your home computer. Many allow you to jump in right away (a minimal tutorial is usually helpful at the beginning) for a quick try, while more in-depth exploration is possible through associated forums or blogs. SETI@Home What you do: Nothing! Hunting Binary Asteroids Read More »

For Citizen Scientists. Citizen Scientists have helped to answer serious scientific questions, provide vital data to the astronomical community, and have discovered thousands of objects including nebulas, supernovas, and gamma ray bursts. NASA supports several resources which may be of interest to amateur and professional scientists alike. PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS Ancient Earth, Alien Earth Ancient Earth Alien Earth If you could visit the early Earth, you would find it a vastly different, inhospitable, and alien place. Yet, it was in this environment that life on this planet began and evolved. What do we know about the ancient Earth and how can that guide our search for habitable planets orbiting other stars?

Come find out at a panel discussion featuring leading scientists in the fields of early Earth and habitability and co-sponsored by NASA, NSF and the Smithsonian Institution. Wednesday, August 20 5:30-6:30 p.m. What is Citizen Science and PPSR? — Citizen Science Central. Zooniverse. Citizen Science. 8 Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists. America's Wildlife Resource. Videos » Academy of Science of St. Louis » Connecting Science and the Community Since 1856. The Academy films a number of its broad range of science speakers, tours, and community-wide public talks, workshops and citizen science events catering to all ages and backgrounds. Find popular talks such as Higgs Boson and the Fate of the Universe and Cyberforensics among our videos. 3D Printing: The Power to Create Teen Science Cafe Adventures in the Hot Zone From Sand to Silicon: Semiconductors Making Learning Stick: Strategies for Successful Learning Tracking to Understand Africa's Endangered Carnivore: The Painted Dog Lycaon Pictus Crafting Beer: The Science of Brewing Green Jobs, Green Justice and Building Capacity in Urban Communities Quantum Computing and Information Processing The Academy of Science - St.

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