Citizen Science with CosmoQuest: Science and Strategies

Gugliucci, Nicole and Gay, Pamela L. and Bracey, Georgia and Antonenko, Irene and Robbins, Stuart and Schmidt, Britney E. and Scully, Jennifer E. C. and Lehan, Cory and Moore, Joseph (2014) Citizen Science with CosmoQuest: Science and Strategies. In: Ensuring STEM Literacy: a National Conference on STEM Education and Public Outreach. Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, pp. 237-240.


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CosmoQuest began as a citizen science portal for online users that would recreate virtually the kind of experience one might have at a research center. Through projects that map craters on the Moon and asteroid Vesta, citizen scientists have shown that accurate, authentic science research can be done through crowd-sourcing. We present comparisons of citizen-analyzed data to those analyzed by planetary scientists and show that there is a high degree of correlation in the results. These projects allow for new science to be done that otherwise could not have been achieved without the help of citizen scientists. These projects are also integrated within a larger virtual environment that provides educational content, media, and community interaction through blogs, forums, online classes, video seminars, teacher resources, and more.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2017 07:55
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2018 09:26

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