Welcome to 2015, everyone!
We have some new features here at CosmoQuest for you to check out. First of all, if you go over to the homepage, it has a whole new look.
At the top and bottom are the familiar navigation and footer bars. I’ll get to that in the moment. Each square button introduces a part of the site, the familiar forums, Educators’ Zone, and citizen science projects. Click on each one to see a preview in the window at top, or wait for it to scroll through the options. The screenshot above is showing the preview for the main site with a button to “Learn More” about the project. We hope this will be especially inviting for new users. For another example, click “Educators’ Zone” and get…
Now you know a little bit of what the Educator Zone is about!
My favorite part happens when you click something like Moon Mappers. Go ahead and pick your favorite citizen science project. You can do your crater mapping right from the homepage. And the app has been redesigned as well. You can go through our new tutorial to see how, with the main difference being that you circle craters from edge to edge, not from circle to edge. Plus, you can now mark craters with ease on your mobile device as well! Just bring up Cosmoquest.org in your mobile browser to get started.
At top, we have a newly streamlined menu. Under “Do Science,” you’ll find your favorite Mappers projects: Moon, Vesta, and Mercury. In “Media,” we keep links to our Hangouts and podcasts, including the 365 Days of Astronomy. “Teach and Learn” houses the online classes through CosmoAcademy, teacher resources such as Educators’ Zone and Library of Science (formerly Explore), and planetarium shows with Science on the Halfsphere. The “Community” tab takes you to our social media, blog, and forum.
Here’s a closer look at the new citizen science app:
We’ll continue to update you about new features, such as Groups and Badges, so happy exploring!