Citizen Science Month 2022: Turning curiosity into influence across the country

In April, with the support of the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter, in collaboration with Arizona State University, organizes Citizen Science Month, the only celebration of citizen science, events around the world, thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of new contributions to citizen science projects. Citizen Science Month in 2022 was a partnership with the National Science Foundation, PBS, NASA and others.

“Citizen Science Month is the most exciting time of the year for SciStarter and citizen science, and I’m thrilled to see people from all over the world participating in projects, learning more about their world, and making a direct impact on scientific research and discovery. “We’ve had so many great events this year with so much variety of topics, and I can’t wait to see what next year will bring,” says SciStarter founder Darlene Cavalier.

Citizen Science Month Success

2022 Citizen Science Month has appeared 114 different events reached hundreds of thousands of people, both online and in person, and including people and projects from around the world. These were partner events like All of Us, which hosted several webinars on specific topics in April. Celebrating Women in Science All of us with Californiaand the National Citizen and Community Science Library Network, which highlighted pollinator support My Thousand Bees Garden. Through these events, people learned about new projects and ways to connect science with their lives.

Our social posts throughout the month, including ownership of them NSF Twitter accountcame over 690,000 people! Ours free resources for project and event managers, including Citizen Science Basics tutorialbook lists, training webinars, printables and online graphics, logos and stock photos were downloaded 18,947 times – almost 4,000 more downloads than in 2021.

In collaboration with PBS Books and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs, SciStarter also presented Benjamin Franklin and Citizen Science: Sharing Stories of Collective Influence. Viewers watched the trailer for Benjamin Franklin’s new Ken Burns documentary, and heard real-life scientists and PBS Kid Reporters talk about science in their communities. Participants learned about the life of the Founding Father and a lifelong amateur scientist, and presented citizen science projects that anyone in the country can participate in.

“I think Ben Franklin is one of America’s first citizen scientists: he was curious, committed, and always exploring new things,” says Cavalier. “And he often collected his discoveries. ! ”

Another big event came from Unique Mappers Nigeria, which led to it Earth Pollution Observatory The project brings together citizen scientists to control oil spills in the Niger Delta in Africa through network interaction. The project was able to evaluate and validate 1,500 images of potential oil spills in just eight days, thanks to more than 250 volunteers involved. All of this work has paid off as the team has identified 81 oil spills in the Niger Delta, providing scientists with valuable information on a dangerous environmental hazard.

“The project is worthwhile, thank you to the Unique Mappers Team Nigeria for their cooperation in providing data on oil pollution in part of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria,” said Chukwu Kingsley Chika participant. “I’m happy to be a part of the solution, and I’d love to be involved anytime.”

SciStarter also received news from participants on our website, who shared projects they participated in in Citizen Science Month, as well as what they learned. “I introduced my son to NASA’s Globe Clouds project,” said Michelle Moore of SciStarter. “We have just started iNaturalist nature photography together and we are associating it with nature, science and photography! The best thing so far has been to identify the bird sitting outside our window. ”

It’s never too early to plan for next April

Anyone can plan a citizen science event and people of all ages can participate in real scientific research; and on SciStarter, you can add or find citizen science projects, events or tools at any time of the year, not just in April! Resources they are still available from April, and to stay up to date on the upcoming 2023 support, make sure you join SciStarter.org.

SciStarter is looking for sponsors to join National Library Medicine to grow and maintain Citizen Science Month 2023-2026! Interested sponsors should do so by email [email protected].

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