Theresa Schwerin is vice president for education programs at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). She leads the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) cooperative agreement, which is a partnership between IGES and the Earth sciences at 3 NASA Centers: Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Langley Research Center. NESEC provides opportunities for learners – from K-grey – to contribute to NASA science. Using the free GLOBE Observer mobile app, volunteers in >120 countries can contribute to monitoring clouds, water (especially as a habitat for mosquitoes), plants (trees and other land cover), and help identify change over time. These data can be used to help interpret and augment NASA satellite data and are openly available to view and explore.
Join folks from the Los Angeles Public Library, SciStarter and other featured citizen science programs to learn how you can turn your curiosity into impact with citizen science and how public engagement in ongoing research projects can make a difference for Los Angeles. Anyone, anywhere can do science, make a difference, and have fun doing it — with everything from ecology to astronomy!