Zooniverse

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — millions of people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and to date has led to over 300 publications in research disciplines ranging from astrophysics to zoology.

Zooniverse in Schools

Zooniverse in Schools project is an STFC funded project that will enable children (9-12yrs) to analyse real data from the Zooniverse citizen science platform in their classroom, supported by a series of workshops that can be delivered online or in-person. The workshops aim to use citizen science as a bridge between school science and real-life STEM research and careers.  

Zooniverse can also be incorporated into your teaching on a small scale, helping to bridge the gaps between classroom science and research science, and between students and researchers. Whether as an extension activity for individual pupils, as a class activity, or as a way to introduce scientific problem solving and coding in context, Zooniverse is a useful and powerful resource.

Meet Kat!

Kathryn O'Brien Skerry

Kat has joined the outreach team at Oxford Physics to coordinate the Zooniverse in Schools programme. Kat is a skilled and experienced STEM education professional who is passionate about high quality education. Kat has taught secondary maths and physics before leaving the formal education sector to work in informal education. Most recently, Kat has worked in the learning team at the Science Museum in London producing and delivering educational content for staff, visitors and schools. Contact Kat about Zooniverse in Schools here for information about our workshops or to discuss ideas about using Zooniverse on a smaller scale.

Latest News

  • 10th May 2022

Today saw the first of our new workshops delivered to 40 pupils with the help of the Abingdon Science Partnership. These pupils will complete another two workshops based on the Virus Factory Zooniverse Project. If you'd like to get involved, drop us an email. 

Lots of interesting interactive learning about cells and viruses in the first Zooniverse in Schools Virus Factory workshop with Carswell Primary School Y5's today @OxfordPhysics @ASPartnerships @OX14_LP @schoolstogether pic.twitter.com/ZE9mgiKdRr

— AbingdonSciPartners (@AbSciPart) May 10, 2022
  • 21st March 2022

Between the 14th and 17th March 2022, our first in-person Zooniverse in Schools (Virus Factory) workshops reached 270 pupils from years 3 to 6 at a primary school in South London.

The pupils learned some core microbiology, participated in extracting DNA from strawberries, learned about the Diamond Light Source synchrotron and participated in citizen science through the Zooniverse platform. The feedback from teachers and pupils was really positive with lots of excited young people telling Kat about how they want to be scientists.

Building on the success of these stand-alone workshops, the STFC series of workshops will start running in early May with local Oxford primary schools and the stand-alone Virus Factory Workshops will be part of the department's upcoming Marie Curious events.