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Virtual Science Fair

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Science is everywhere. Join the University of California on May 8, 2014 in a one day science project and tell us what you see. Or, visit these other citizen science projects at any time to join in the fun.

Learn more about Citizen Science: What is citizen science? How do you do it? How can you participate?

Citizen science projects from UC

The University of California is conducting three science projects on May 8, 2014 and we need your help collecting data. Read the full overview or pick one of the projects below to learn more about how you can participate.

Pollinators: How many pollinators do you see? Bees, butterflies, beetles, bats—they are all important! Our food depends on them. Spend three minutes outside counting how many pollinators you see, and let us know by adding your count to our pollinator map.

Water: Why is conserving water important? Conserving water isn’t just important, it’s essential. Water is critical to all life. People, animals and plants all need water to survive. With an increasing population, there’s more demand on our water supplies and it’s more important to conserve than ever before.

Food: Why is it important to know where our food is grown? By knowing where our food is grown, we become healthier eaters and more aware of the resources that go into growing and producing our food. With the demand on our food supplies growing, it’s becoming more important to understand where our food comes from and to make sure everyone can access it.



Weather, water, land and plant projects

Project Bud Burst: How are plants and trees responding to climate change? Collecting data on the bud burst time each year and provide insight.

Citizen Weather Observing Program: Collect weather data contributed by citizens and make these data available for weather services and homeland security.

World Water Monitoring Day: Builds awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

Adopt a Pixel: Citizens help NASA confirm or "truth" the photos taken from space by land-imaging satellites by uploading their own photos taken from specific locations on the ground.

Insect and animal projects

Project Feeder Watch: A winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.

Project Road Kill: Adopt a road and check it twice a day for, you know, road kill.

The Great Sunflower Project: Record pollinators in your yard, school or park.

Backyard Bark Beetles: Construct a simple trap, collect some bark beetles, and find out what's living in our forests!

School of Ants: Learn how to create your own sampling kit, sample your backyard or schoolyard, and send your collection to scientists for identification. Together we'll map ant diversity and species ranges across North America!

Linguistic and psychology projects

Small World of Words: This word association study examines how we each create mental images of our immense vocabulary of English words.

VerbCorner: Join a team on amateur and professional scientists trying to understand how language affects our thinking, and vice versa.