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Arctic Citizen Science

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Welcome to Arctic Citizen Science at the Iḷisaġvik College STEM Camp.


In this course,  we will be looking at how citizen science can help communities respond to local issues like climate change. This is a great opportunity to learn about citizen science and how it can make a difference in your life.  No technical knowledge is required—we supply the kit and the know-how!


On day one, we will develop a series of challenges around climate change and team up to build solutions to these challenges using the internet and cell phones. Anyone can enter a challenge and join a team. At the end of day two, each team will present their entry and we’ll all vote on the best entry. Along the way, we’ll do lots of brainstorming and hands-on science. 


Local knowledge will be key to creating a good challenge: what are the signs of climate change around you? What should scientists be looking at?


Want your solution to stand out? Show us how good you are at using tools you already have—a cell phone, a laptop, etc.


We’ll have lots of hardware for you to play with.  If you’d like to try your hand at tech, our techie will show you how to build data collection devices, how to hook them up to the Internet using phone and wifi, and how to make sense of your data using visualisation and statistics. You don’t have to know a thing about programming or coding, either. We’ll be running tutorials throughout the course. And we’ll be teaming up with techies in London, England who can join your team.


If you’re a student, you'll also  get a taste of computer science and engineering. We’ll also introduce you to the concept of working in teams and using tools available on the Internet. And we’ll try to recreate the flavor of a real hackathon.


You can find out more on the Programme page. And we've already put up a couple of challenges to get you started on the Challenges page. You can find links to tools on our  Resources page.


Citizen Science?

Citizen Science is science that anybody can get involved in – gathering field data, analysing & identifying data, playing problem-solving games, building sensor devices to measure and impact your own local environment and even creating and running your own experiments.  

You don’t need a degree in science and you don’t need to be a tech geek.


Citizen science is now a major force for change in research and education. Many citizen scientist programs help scientists tackle important research questions but increasingly “citizens” are initiating projects on their own and students are getting involved in real research at much earlier levels.


In this course we will introduce you to some of the tools of citizen science and show you how to start a citizen science project and do DIY science.


If you’re curious about citizen science, have a look at some of the projects on Scistarter (http://scistarter.com).   Or visit our project website at http://citizencyberlab.eu


You'll also find lots of video interviews with citizen science projects on our <a href="/"Citizens of Science" Youtube channel.  And by the way, we'll be doing interviews during the course...



Climate Change Challenges


Here are some ides to get you started… 


  • How did you use to predict the weather? How do you predict the weather now?

  • Has the weather changed in the past years?

  • Are the storms becoming more severe?

  • Have there been unusual weather patterns?

  • Has the wind changed? (wind direction/speed)

  • Is it important to know how the ice is formed, and how do you keep track?

  • How does a warmer ocean impact spring ice conditions for hunting?

  • Is the ice forming later during the season?

  • How do you recognize safe ice?

  • How do warmer temperatures affect hunting?

  • Does the ice form later during the season? Is it affecting the ice thickness?

  • How do you know how thick the ice is? Is the ice as thick as it used to be? Why is it important for the ice to be thick? How thick must the ice be to walk on safely? Travel with a snowmachine? Butcher a whale?

  • What is happening to the multiyear ice? Is it important to have multiyear ice?

  • How is the makeup of the ice important for hunting?

  • What is your biggest concern regarding the weather?



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