Grassroots Activities

COPUS is all about building community, sharing ideas, and finding a comfortable niche in which you can contribute toward common goals. We initiated and supported some really fun and highly successful grassroots activities during the Year of Science 2009. We participated in naming a new species, gave away free posters, made scientific pizza, blended art with science, contributed photos to photo contests, and conducted citizen science! Take a look below to learn more.

We initiated and supported some really fun and highly successful grassroots activities during the Year of Science 2009. We participated in naming a new species, gave away free posters, made scientific pizza, blended art with science, contributed photos to photo contests, and conducted citizen science!



Jellyfish contest

In 2006, a young girl was stung while swimming at a Caribbean beach and wound up in the hospital. What stung her? That was the question we presented to you this past year. We asked you to join a scientific team and help give the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish a species name! Learn about this contest and what the unfolded as the year went on. Video contributed by Johan van Blerk.





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Posters

The poster giveaway started with a $100 donation from our colleague Dejan Petrovic at Dejan SEO in Croatia. We decided to use that donation to distribute Understanding Science posters leftover from a conference. We posted a link on our newsletter never expecting the size of the response! Eventually we gave out 10,000 posters to people in 49 states plus India, Greece, Canada, Argentina, Portugal, UK, Colombia, Oman, Philippines, Germany, Ecuador, Australia, South Africa, Malaysia, Pakistan, Barbados, and Switzerland!

Supplementary funds came predominately from Dejan who rallied 21 of his colleagues to give an additional $100 each (or more!). Encyclopedia of Life followed with a wonderful contribution, as did a philanthropist friend of COPUS in California. To see the list of organizations that contributed to this initiative, check out the supporting logos on the bottom of the YoS home page!




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Photo credit: Flickr: such sweet hands.

Scientific Pizza

Our Create a Scientific Pizza contest drew the attention of the Pickle family. Homeschooling mom Gerkin led her kids to think outside the jar in how you can creatively express science:

"When I saw this and mentioned it to the picklets they at first said, 'No not pizza again!' (We eat alot of pizza due to Cool's second job) But when they heard the full extent of the scientific meal they were game, of course. So they sketched their designs, we got the pizza crusts out of the freezer to thaw and went about our morning. At about 1:00 we set to work making Scientific Pizzas. I have to tell you, it was crazy!"

The Pickle family won the prize for best scientific pizza entered in the contest. See the pictures and read about their experiences.



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Flat Stanley meets the Scientists!

Flat Stanley was an active participant in the Year of Science 2009! Stemming from a collaboration with the Flat Stanley Project, children around the US learned more about careers in science as "their" Flat Stanleys visited scientists doing research in astronomy, fossils, plants, deep mines, genetics, computer science, chemistry - he even met up with Mr. Darwin!






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Zines

At the Year of Science 2009 launch in Boston, MA, we had the pleasure of meeting Andrew Yang, an Art Institute of Chicago science professor and learned about his project: the "Small Science Collective" where Andy collects and shares science "zines" - mini science magazines.

The zines were perfect for a contest to connect science and art. The submission categories spanned the 12 Year of Science themes, and the contest was open to individuals of all ages. Winners were announced February 15, 2010. Check the Year of Science or Small Science Collective Web sites to see the winning submissions!



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YoS/EPA Photo Contest

Science and sustainability go hand in hand and what better way to illustrate that than with photographs! As part of May's theme of sustainability and the environment, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted the "Science of Sustainability" photo project. Enthusiasts were challenged to capture interactions among science, sustainability, and the environment in a photograph! These were then shared on the EPA site!




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Citizen science

A primary goal of COPUS is to engage the public in science and there are numerous opportunities to do so through a variety of citizen science projects. COPUS was pleased to highlight many of its participants' projects during the Year of Science including donating computer time to process data, adding photos to the Encyclopedia of Life, measuring precipitation, collecting ecological data, monitoring water quality, or examining gravestones as a measurement of weathering!



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Puzzles

Just for fun and to enhance our monthly fun zone pages, we put together online jigsaw puzzles that matched each theme. Check out our puzzles here - and give them a try!



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Science Comedian

We are very thankful to our friend, Brian Malow, who contributed short video segments during several of the YoS themed months. He is a science comedian, who has a knack for sharing science in a way that is fun and fresh. Enjoy his videos here.



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The Science Constellation

The Science Constellation concept is being developed as a campus-based alternative to the type of science museums known as Science Centers that are most commonly characterized by hands-on interactive exhibits. Campus-based science centers usually call for a single major building dedicated for exhibits and public engagement. In contrast, the Science Constellation invites learners to view all the science outreach venues of a university as a pattern of stars on the campus map. The Science Constellation encourages learners of all ages to view the whole university as a Destination for Exploration. Learn more!