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PHOTO, ABOVE: Science Cheerleaders on stage at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

FaceTopo kicked off our first national citizen science day on April 16th at both the Cambridge Science Festival and the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC. Incidentally, #citsciday is not just one day; it’s a month-long celebration of citizen science, running from from April 16-May 21, 2016!

Cambridge Science Festival's Science Carnival/Robot Zoo 2016

At the Cambridge Science Festival, we rocked the popular (and Free Admission!) Science Carnival/Robot Zoo event. Lucky us, the Facetopo booth was strategically placed between Science Cheerleader/Scistarter and Kite Man, so we had no shortage of interested visitors. We definitely took notes from Kite Man, obviously a science festival veteran. (Yes, that’s right folks -- we now have in the works a pingpong ball-blasting air gun for future Science Festivals!) Three cheers to Science Cheerleader (cheerleaders from MIT and Brown who are studying to be scientists, engineers, and doctors!) not only for their support but also for their cute giant hair bows and awesome stunts.

Science Cheerleader promotes Scistarter and Facetopo at the Cambridge Science Festival 2016

From the Cambridge Science Festival, we hightailed it to the airport to catch our flight to Washington DC to catch Sunday at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. The largest science festival in the country, the USAScifest was on an epic scale - five exhibit halls of science and engineering at the DC Convention Center featuring the likes of: unmanned robots, solar-powered space shuttles, Mars Rovers, and a musical tesla coil. We didn’t even get to see the half of it but our Hall alone had booths from the NSA, NGS, the Museum of Science Fiction, the USAF, the CIA, NOAA, Sikorsky - wow!! We had a blast sharing about Facetopo and gave out hundreds of postcards and stickers. A huge “Thanks!” to Scistarter for featuring Facetopo at their citizen science booth.

USA Science and Engineering Festival, Exhibit Hall C, 2016

Many interesting faces stopped by to learn more about Facetopo, including this set of identical twins! Android users were excited to hear that we’re developing an Android release. Please take a few minutes to install the Facetopo App and join the community. We need your face! Help us reach our #first500 goal!

Identical twins and a friend eager to learn more about Facetopo at the USA Science and Engineering Festival 2016

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome to the citizen science community! There was terrific synergy among these other featured citizen science projects at the Scistarter booth:

Genetics & Smell Chemistry - Family members smell an odor/scent and take a survey NASA’s SMAP - Collect/measure soil samples to compare with NASA satellite data The Great Sunflower Project - Watch a plant, record pollinators, report online Zombee Watch - Collect honey bees, report easy-to-spot signs of infection Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) - Help research parasitic barnacles, endangered orchids, and tobacco plantation archaeology

Other booth partners included: Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, The Crowd and The Cloud, Science Cheerleaders, and TravelQuest.

We were thrilled to be interviewed for The Crowd and the Cloud, the new PBS documentary tv series about citizen science. 

Our booth neighbor, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center had a number of citizen science projects.

To all of you civilians out there, check out Scistarter - a searchable database of hundreds of active citizen science projects - see if there’s one that grabs your interest!

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