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Eagles vs. Chiefs: The sky is the limit!

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By SciStarter Team
Feb 3, 2023 12:50 AMFeb 3, 2023 1:21 AM
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On Sunday, February 12, the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII in Phoenix, AZ!

Below, find ways to learn about eagles (and other birds) from almost anywhere; and discover where to check out a free kit from libraries in Missouri (Kansas City is in Missouri after all) to help measure light pollution.

Leading up to the Super Bowl, the Science Cheerleaders, who were recently featured on the cover of Diversity in STEAM Magazine, will be busy with events in Phoenix. These current and former professional cheerleaders leverage girls’ interests in fun activities, primarily cheerleading and dance, by leading science-themed cheers and hands-on STEM learning opportunities.

If you watch the Super Bowl, be sure to look for the nine Eagles (science) cheerleaders. Learn more about their STEM interests, below.

Let’s go citizen science! The SciStarter Team

From left to right: golden eagle, brown snake eagle, solitary eagle, black eagle and African fish eagle Image credit: Wikipedia

Join from anywhere in the U.S. to spot and report birds you see with The Great Backyard Bird Count this February 17-20. You can participate from your smartphone with:

Merlin Bird ID

If you’re new to bird watching and bird identification, we recommend you use the Merlin Bird ID app to enter your first bird sighting. It’s free and easy to use.

Join Merlin Bird ID


If you’re an experienced bird watcher or already using eBird to track your birding activity, the free eBird Mobile app is a fast way to enter your bird lists right from the palm of your hand

Get eBird Mobile

Measuring Light in the Night Library Kit Source: SciStarter.org

The International Dark-Sky Association Missouri chapter has partnered with SciStarter for their Measuring Light in the Night program that lets anyone check out free kits from libraries to measure light pollution. Light pollution is the amount of ambient, artificial light that disrupts sleep, species migration patterns and wastes energy.

Find a list of participating libraries in southeast Missouri and Illinois here.

Image credit: Diversity in STEAM Magazine

Did you know that most NFL and NBA teams have cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers? Many are part of SciStarter’s nonprofit sister organization, Science Cheerleaders, Inc.

A whopping 28 percent of the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders you’ll see at the Super Bowl are pursuing STEM career!

Image credit: SoundPrint

Watching the game at your local watering hole? Monitor the sound levels around you with SoundPrint, a citizen science project that’s gathering a database of background noise to assess how sound levels affect health.

Join us online Tuesdays at 2 p.m. ET for SciStarter LIVE!

February 7: Prepare for the Super Bowl with the Science Cheerleaders! This week on SciStarter LIVE! we’re featuring the Science Cheerleaders, current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science careers! Cisco engineer and former Arizona Cardinals cheerleader, Samantha Marsillo, will showcase her favorite projects! Register for the event here.

February 14: CitSci is for Lovers! Looking for a creative date idea, might we suggest citizen science? This week we’re featuring projects we LOVE in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Register for the event here.

February 21: Platforms and Resources for Citizen Science Project Leaders Attention Citizen science project leaders: We’re highlighting platforms and resources for YOU this week on SciStarter LIVE. Join us to meet reps from FieldScope, iNaturalist, CitSci.org, Anecdata, Zooniverse and ESRI. Register for the event here.

Missed last week’s LIVE? Here’s the recording: I Spy for Conservation: Help Identify Wildlife in Online Images. Find more recordings of past LIVE events and lots of other great resources on SciStarter’s YouTube channel!

Playing in the snow? Take a break from frolicking to measure snow depth for the Community Snow Observations project. Your observations will help them verify data obtained from satellites and other remote sensing tools, and also fill in both spatial and temporal gaps in their datasets. Having a good handle on snow depth over space and time helps climate researchers, hydrologists, foresters and specialists who track avalanche and flood threats.

Science in the Snow Audio and Video Podcast

Save the date! Citizen Science Month is April 2023!

Citizen Science Month offers thousands of opportunities for you to turn your curiosity into impact. There’s something for everyone, everywhere! Join others in learning about and participating in real (and fun) ways to help scientists answer questions they cannot answer without you.

Explore featured citizen science projects, find an event near you or online, learn more about Citizen Science Month itself or complete one of our self-guided, free online training modules to earn a badge in preparation for April.

If you’re a project leader or other faciliator, we’re here for you. Read our Welcome Letter to get started, add your event to our CSM calendar, download resources for organizers and sign up for our mailing list to receive planning updates.

Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

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