[ASA] Citizen Science Project for National Science Week and International Year of Light

Céline d'Orgeville celine.dorgeville at anu.edu.au
Mon Feb 23 12:01:47 AEDT 2015

Dear ASA,

National Science Week is looking to create/promote a citizen science project related to the International Year of Light. The astronomy community may very well have such a project ready or that could be developed in collaboration with the Australian Science Teachers Association. 

Please get in touch with Delese Brewster (contact information below) to discuss your ideas. Also let me know if/when you do so I can remain informed on behalf of the International Year of Light Australian Committee.

Thank you,
Celine d'Orgeville
Instrument Scientist - Laser Physics
Advanced Technology and Instrumentation Centre Student Convenor
Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University 
Mount Stromlo Observatory, Cotter Road, Weston Creek, ACT 2611, Australia

Phone:  +61 2 6125 6374
E-mail: celine.dorgeville at anu.edu.au

2015 International Year of Light: 

Begin forwarded message:

> National Science Week each year conducts an online national citizen science project to engage the public and schools. The ABC develops the project on behalf of the Department of Innovation. The project usually has its own website also created and administered by the ABC. Past projects have been very successful and the ABC try to make the interaction engaging for participants and to also feed the resulting data into ‘real' science projects. They often approach scientists to propose ideas. 
> Past projects have included:
> ‘Be a Weather Detective’ (2014) where the public transcribed old weather records. In fact, this project is still open http://www.weatherdetective.net.au/
> Explore the seafloor (2013) - a marine research project where the public were asked to count kelp and sea urchins on seafloor images.http://exploretheseafloor.net.au/
> Sound check Australia (2012) - a national noise and hearing survey http://www.soundcheckaustralia.net.au/
> Note that these have not related to the school theme that usually centres on the International Year.
> At a National Science Week committee meeting earlier this week, the ABC mentioned that it is looking for ideas for the citizen science project for National Science Week this year. I was wondering if any of the IYL committee members might have a project that would suit citizen science input or any ideas for a project that would help celebrate the IYL.
> If you would like any more information please let me know and I can direct you to the best people to talk to.
> Best wishes
> Delese
> Delese Brewster
> Senior Projects Officer
> Australian Science Teachers Association
> PO Box 334 DEAKIN WEST ACT 2600
> Tel 02 6282 9377 | Fax 02 6282 9477 | www.asta.edu.au
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