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GMRI Education Team Issues Challenge to All Citizen Scientists

Jul 30, 2014
Summer 2014

Citizen scientists of all ages can participate in GMRI’s first Citizen Scientist Challenge this summer and partner with scientists to study changes in our local environment.

Participants choose a location and species to observe. They then share their findings through Vital Signs, our online community that links students, citizen scientists, and scientists. For each observation shared, participants will be entered to win prizes, such as Amazon gift cards or an iPad Mini.

“The Citizen Scientist Challenge is a great way for kids and families to ask their own research questions and get outside to do science throughout the summer months,” said Christine Voyer, Vital Signs Program Manager. “Citizen science also helps scientists, who can’t be everywhere at once, by providing additional eyes on the ground.”

The Citizen Scientist Challenge is currently underway and will run throughout the summer. Scientific observations must be published on vitalsignsme.org by Sept. 1, and prize winners will be announced Sept. 15.