rizona State University, in partnership with Arizona State Library and NISE Net, will develop a field-tested, replicable, low-cost toolkit of citizen science resources for public libraries. The project team of librarians, citizen science experts, informal STEM educators, practitioners, and scientists, will: 1) develop and evaluate citizen science toolkits that will be available for and through the public library partners; 2) create associated resources to train, support, and communicate with librarians and citizen scientists; and 3) work with stakeholders to create a plan to scale the model to interested libraries, statewide then nationally. The project will leverage SciStarter, an online community that brings together science researchers and citizen scientists, with a database of over 1,600 citizen science projects. Summative evaluation will assess the library staffs' knowledge of citizen science, their capacities, and sense of self-efficacy in engaging patrons in citizen science activities, and will also measure the extent of patrons' participation in citizen science as a result of the library programming.
At Arizona State University, we are building a new library for the 21st century – one that is as inspiring as it is welcoming, both an incubator of creativity and a monument to human complexity. As new technologies, disciplines and opportunities for discovery continue to emerge, the learning and research needs of ASU students and faculty demand a library that is both agile and robust, community-centered and service-minded, imaginative and engaged, and equipped to support a growing and dynamic New American University.
The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) is a community of informal educators and scientists dedicated to supporting learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across the United States.
"SFIS educates the future leaders, creates the conceptual tools, and fosters the deliberative foundations and critical capacities to assure that human ingenuity contributes to human well-being across the global community. A companion enterprise, the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society (IFIS), comprises a set of research centers that collectively serve to project this agenda of responsible innovation across the university and to the outside world. Along with the ASU Charter that emphasizes access, excellence and impact, we believe that the future is for everyone."
SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through more than 1600 formal and informal research projects, events and tools. Our database of citizen science projects enables discovery, organization, and greater participation in science. This is also the place to track your conributions, bookmark things you like, and access the tools and instruments needed to get started.
The University Office of Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness promotes educational excellence by providing expert programs, resources, and services in evaluation, measurement, testing, and social science research for the University and its constituents.
Citizen science refers to multiple ways that non-scientists engage with scientific research efforts. The NCSU Libraries supports campus citizen science and shares its values of openness, access, and community engagement and participation.
The NHMLA has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. Its curatorial staff not only cares for those collections, but uses them for groundbreaking scientific and historic research.
SSI has been deeply involved in science education since its formation in 1992, producing pioneering projects ranging from exhibits, to digital learning experiences, to workshops designed to engage scientists in education reform. In May 2010, SSI expanded its educational efforts through the launch of NCIL.
Our collections—comprising more than 1.9 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs—and our programs explore and reveal the factors that shape California character and identity, from its extraordinary natural landscapes, to successive waves of migration, to its unique culture of creativity and innovation.