Founders: Anne Casselman, Jennifer Gardy, Jeffrey Helm, David Ng, David Secko

THE SCIENCE SCOUTS

Badges for scientific endeavours. This includes geekery, science culture, as well as research bragging.

Funding: N/A
Project Start: 2007
Website: http://badgesforscience.org

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No. of science scout badges

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Get togethers occur quite often in Vancouver. Follow @sciencescout or #sciencescoutvan for info

Science Scouts is a fun and humorous online project that re-imagines badge culture, but with a scientific twist. When initially conceived, it led to a massive outpouring of commentary by many science bloggers, who proudly described why they would deserve specific badges. A small sampling of examples include the below (you can click on the stars):

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This has led to two independent outlets for the purchasing of badges, as well as a Vancouver based pub meet and greet (in collaboration with the Brain Trust and Nerd Knights) that meets several times every year.

Given the popularity of the badges, the website was revamped in 2011 with an aim to allow science folk to leave their stories as comments. A sampling of the badges are shown below – you can click on the image to go to a description of the badge (as well as some stories of why individuals deserve the badge). You can also visit the main site if you need some solid procrastinating time.

 

00smalltroop
a15weather
a13humanskeleton
a11dystopia
a06bigequipment
90emergencyevacuation
73dolphinhate
66robot3
61eaten
59martini
52flame1
50dangerous
49expert
31useless
28pharma
17organs
15appliance
17socialsciences