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Yardmap

This project asks participants to submit a map of their yard in order to compile data to understand how that habitat affects native bird species.

Pro: Like the design of the site, interesting idea


Con: Not really in our target age range, login required

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iSpot

This project has participants add pictures of nature and uses its online community to help identify it.

Pro: Picture driven observations, sense of collaboration in identification process

Con: Login required, site is a bit disorganized

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#Snowtweets

Using twitter, this group asks viewers to tweet their location and snow depth through a hashtag. They are collecting data for creating more accurate snowfall simulations.


Pro: Like the social media aspect, when I got on twitter there were several posts tweeted about the project and it led to discussion. An easy thing to tweet. They have an interactive map that looks at where tweets are coming from, and snow is falling. Website is pretty straightforward and easy to navigate.

Cons: Lack of reward for particpants, no feedback on ongoing research

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mPING

This project tracks weather by asking users to download an app on their phone and send in periodic reports as weather occurs.


Pros: Very easy to use, I downloaded the app on my phone and sending in a report takes seconds- very straightforward. Gives a sense of helping meteorologists through the interactive map they have online that allows people to see their reports among others.


Cons: Don’t like site color, not very inviting. The content could also be more specific and ordered so easier to read. App is much better in design. To see the report you sent in among others you have to open a browser window, which I can do on my phone, but the quality would be better on a computer.

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Galaxy Zoo

Another well established project where viewers look at various pictures of galaxies and help classify them.


Pro: Site is straightforward, consistent, easy to navigate. You can immediately start classifying and creating a login is optional if you want to keep track of your work.


Con: Not much information is given about why this work is important. What is the point of classification and how can the viewers feel like they are working for a bigger cause, no sense of reward/followup

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SETI@home

This was basically the first citizen project and has a long established history (Since 1999). It is the subject in multiple articles we’ve discussed.


Pros: easy installation (listed as 2 steps), no login required (a download is though), well established project, updated site in terms of posts.


Cons: Lots of text on the website, don’t particularly like the web forum layout they have as their home page, lack of consistency in web layout (not a universal design)

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Eye Wire

Site for citizens to help develop nueral pathways in the brain. Con- Requires a download of special software and you do have to create a login. I have not yet been able to load the software on my work machine.

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NSF Engineering Classroom Resources

This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation’s online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

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National Academy of Engineering issue of The Bridge on K-12 Engineering Education

National Academy of Engineering issue of The Bridge on K-12 Engineering Education

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Engineering is Elementary

Engineering is Elementary from the Boston Museum of Science

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