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Welcome to the Science Learning+ Forum

Science Learning+ is an international initiative that seeks to explore and understand the power of informal learning experiences. By joining the Science Learning+ forum, you will be able to learn about the work of other researchers and practitioners engaged in informal science experiences, develop potential collaborations, and share knowledge and skills across different areas of expertise. Please note that once your team has a project concept, you are encouraged to contact an NSF and/or Wellcome Trust/ESRC program officer to discuss it. Contact information is available in the Science Learning+ solicitation.

AISL Science Learning+ Opportunity

Greetings, Our non profit is founded and managed by professional science teachers. (www.stemedcenter.org) We are developing a, "semi-formal" model of informal science education that deploys formal science classroom practitioners in the informal (after school & summer) science education settings.  I don't know if such a model currently exists. Our largest corporate partner is an international pharmaceutical company with U.S. headquarters in NY and European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. We are looking to build a partnership team and submit a Science Learning + proposal to expand and study our model in Ireland consistent with the Science Learning+ solicitation. If anyone is interested in working with us we would love to hear from you.

Looking for UK partners

Greetings.  We are an English professor (at a university) and a neuroscientist (at an education media company).  We are developing a project to survey professional scientists and other readers of science fiction (SF) to study the effects of SF on their career choices.  There are many anecdotes about this relationship, but not much data.  We would like to find partners who can help us access and analyze the discussion boards / blogs / social media pages of SF outlets in the UK, as well as perform surveys of those readers.  We hope to use these survey data to enhance the effects of SF during longitudinal studies of STEM-interested high school and college students.  We have a school in the US where we can perform these studies; a UK school partner would also be welcome.  We hope to submit for the June 2016 deadline.

ocean sanctuaries
Marine Citizen Science at Ocean Sanctuaries

Hi, everyone:

We are a 501(c3) non-profit group, based in San Diego and our mission is to create and support marine citizen science projects. I hope I have posted in the appropriate forum here. We are only 2 years old and do not as yet have a steady revenue stream for our projects, but luckily, most of them are web-based and  have very low overhead. 

We harness the power of citizen science volunteers to ask (and help answer) scientific questions related to the population dynamics of several marine organisms. 

We have two citizen science shark programs (one is a partnership with National Geographic's 'Fieldscope' tool) and the other uses the pattern recognition program contained in  a web-based application called 'Wildbook,' which has  a successful track record in identifying Whale Sharks--to identify annually returning  Sevengill sharks in the California and Cape Town, South Africa areas.

Our third citizen science program is monitoring marine life changes over time on an artificial reef near San Diego, called the Yukon, which is a 366 ft. long former Canadian warship which was sunk in 2000 by the San Diego Oceans Foundation to act as an artificial reef. 

Please see links here for more information:

Ocean Sanctuaries' Citizen Science Programs: http://oceansanctuaries.org/wordpress/citizen-science-projects/

Methodology: http://sevengillsharksightings.org/our-methodology-introduction/

Wildbook: http://www.wildbook.org/doku.php

Fieldscope: http://nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/fieldscope/

Thanks for your time,

Michael Bear

Citizen Science Project Director

Ocean Sanctuaries






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