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Project of the Week: Your turn, students!

What's Project of the Week doing?

We’ve now covered 26 citizen science projects around Europe and beyond, and hope they have provided an interesting – but tiny! – sample of the enormous variety of citizen science available to us all.

It’s now time for Phase II - where we're inviting students to use it to write about their projects.

What's the Student Citizen Science Challenge?

Are you doing a citizen science project at school? Would you like to tell the world all about it? Then please take part in ECSA's Citizen Science Challenge: "Storytelling for Science". You can read more about it, and check you're eligible to take part, here. We hope that this will encourage young people and their mentors to share their work to inspire and encourage others, and you can choose how you tell your story: it could be a video, a comic strip, a written essay, a collection of photos or your scientific drawings - you can be as creative (or not) as you like. We also hope that the rest of the world will see some great examples of young leadership in science, and find out what they can do to investigate and protect their environments.

This is being organised by us at DITOs and ECSA, and Esri are hosting the scientific stories. You can see some earlier ones on this map. Just click on the circles you see above countries to find what people are doing around the world.

Why are we merging the two together for a few weeks?

Because citizen science projects do much better when they share their findings with each other (imagine if lots of people all did the same thing because they didn't talk to each other - then we discover fewer things than if they all did different projects and talked about them!). And that's why lots of citizen science projects really like Project of the Week, and like to share it. So that's why we'd also like to share your stories here.

When you fill out the form to join, you will be asked if it is OK if we write a "Project of the Week" blogpost about your work. (Please don't be shy about your project! Even if it is small, or you don't feel confident, people will still love to read about it.) The other "Project of the Week" posts are question-and-answer style, so these posts will be, too. You will be asked: What is your project about? Who is doing it (for example, your class at school), and can other people join in? Where can people read more on the topic - for example, do you have a social media page? If not, you probably researched the topic online; you can put your favourite article or webpage.

After we've received some entries, we will publish an entry once a week, and e-mail you when yours is ready.

Where can I find out more about the Student Citizen Science Challenge?

If you're new to the Student Citizen Science Challenge, there are some extra pages to help you - "How It Works" and "Resources". If you still have questions, you can contact Barbara Caneiro at ECSA. She is very friendly and will help you.

The deadline for this round of Student Citizen Science Challenge is until 31st December. But if that's too soon for you, don't worry - there will be another round from 1st March to 15th April.

Happy scientific storytelling!