Project Night!

We're now meeting once a month to do cool stuff!

We've got a bunch of awesome projects underway:

DIY air quality monitoring! Help us figure out how to build, install, use, and share air quality monitors and data. We're especially keen on how to create school programs to teach kids about air pollution, air quality data, and what they can do to use data to influence policy.

Grassroots bioblitzes! We're building an ongoing program of grassroots, citizen science bioblitzes where we use our smartphones and the iNaturalist platform to gather tons of data about the plants, animals, and fungi of local parks. Awesome!

Your project? Nerds for Nature is all volunteer, all grassroots. Bring your project ideas! 

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  • Laci V.

    Hi Charlie, I think you raise a good point. I am familiar with Google Hangouts. We would have to think about how this would run alongside an in person event. Hmm..,

    1 · October 24, 2013

    • Charlie L.

      I've done a live + videoconference event before .. it worked reasonably well. We had speakers and a wireless mike on the source side (where the presentation was being done). We tricked out the mike by splitting it (via software) into a local stream (for the attendees) and the SKYPE stream and put an amp on the local computer. This allowed questions to be posed in the physical room as well as for the virtual attendees. Let me know when you'd like to test this scheme out sometime.

      October 29, 2013

    • Charlie L.

      oh, and we could play around with controlling things across the net .. maybe a little light bulb that remote attendees could dim/turn off/on to show ideas being hatched remotely :-) Or we could rig fans or sirens or ... could be fun to play around (I think, anyway).

      October 29, 2013

  • Nathaniel T.

    I am very interested in the dyi air quality monitoring. I will make all attempts to be there oct 29th. I would love to talk 'nerd' beforehand. Anyone?

    2 · October 2, 2013

    • Ken M.

      Hi Nathaniel, there's a few of us working on some AQ sensor prototypes, so far we're just emailing back and forth but happy to chat beforehand. email me at kensanfran at gmail and I'll introduce you to the group. Ken

      October 14, 2013

    • Charlie L.

      Have you folks looked at / bought an AirPI kit yet (Raspberry PI-based weather station)? I ordered mine first week of September from the UK and it hasn't come in yet (although my paypal account says it was charged for). There is an "Air Quality" metric included, not sure what this means (yet). Check out the project at­. Kit can be ordered for $90, or you can buy the parts/sensors yourself if you already have a Pi.

      October 27, 2013

  • Laci V.

    Look forward to project night. I will be working with the air-quality team, and available to answer questions about the water atlas for those interested in learning more.

    October 24, 2013

  • Charlie L.

    Any way you folks could set up a videoconference for (far) remote attendance (?Texas?). I've been able to use Google Hangups to setup meetings for meetings across Houston.

    October 24, 2013

  • Ruby G.

    I hope to make it... any problems if I were to show up around 7:30 or 8? I have class until 7.

    October 23, 2013

    • Nature N.

      That's fine. Come when you can!

      October 23, 2013

  • Troy G.

    Well, I'm a bit sad to say that the BART strike is going to hinder me from attending Tuesday's Meetup, but I definitely plan to attend in the future. I spent some time researching the API a bit further and started to build some fun ideas on how to help kids learn about air quality. Looking forward to meeting all of you sometime soon. Cheers,


    October 20, 2013

    • Nathaniel T.

      It's on the 29th! Bart may be done striking by then...

      1 · October 21, 2013

    • Dan R.

      Let's hope so!

      October 21, 2013

  • Troy G.

    Hi. Does anyone know whether or not iNaturalist has an API for users to request / retrieve data from their server? This would probably speed up developing new apps or ideas around iNaturalist. We need a way to access raw information, not copy / paste or drop down menus. At least that's my initial thought. Sounds interesting and value added by building tools around science for kids for them to learn. I have some ideas, but it would require us to gather raw data. Cheers, Troy

    September 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The New California Water Atlas will be there and will have a fun project for water nerds to work on.

    1 · October 8, 2013

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