Easter Challenge

After the great success of the REINFORCE Winter Challenge, this Easter, the REINFORCE team offers you an unprecedented opportunity: the Easter Challenge 2022!

Drawing the example from the field of Multimessenger Astronomy where we observe the cosmos with different “sets of eyes”, we invite you to  support researchers in the fields of Cosmic Muon Imaging, Neutrino Astronomy, High Energy Physics and Gravitational Wave Astronomy  to optimize their detectors for groundbreaking discoveries.  Those who successfully carry out the challenge, will enter the May Draw which offers 5 scholarships for the REINFORCE International Training Course in July 2022 in Greece!
The Scholarships are funded by the European School Innovation Academy (ESIA).


What is this all about?

From Tuesday the 29th of March 2022 at 18:00 CET to Saturday the 30th  of April 2022 at 23:59 CET, the REINFORCE projects’ Cosmic Muon Images, Deep Sea Explorers, New Particle Search at CERN and GWitchHunters  teams invite you to browse them and perform a set of tasks (For more information please consult the requirements below).  All registered participants who complete the classifications will automatically join a draw for five scholarships to the REINFORCE International Training School that will be announced in the first week of May. The Easter challenge will count only classifications that happen between the 29th of March 2022 at 18:00 CET to Saturday the 30th of April 2022 at 23:59 CET.

Who can join?

Only adult citizens in Europe who have registered in the Zooniverse platform are eligible for a scholarship. However, we encourage everyone who wants to join the challenge to check it out. Please consult the challenge section description above to learn more.

The Challenge

What is new with the Easter Challenge? This time we invite you to immerse yourself in all the scientific fields of REINFORCE and support the teams there.
To join the REINFORCE Easter Challenge and be able to participate in the draw of May 2022, you will need to:

Step 1

Register and Sign in in Zooniverse  so we can identify you and you can enter the prize draw. Participation in the Zooniverse projects in general, doesn’t require registration.

Step  2

Visit the Cosmic Muon Images, the Deep Sea Explorers, the New Particle Search at CERN and the GWitchHunters  project pages and study their contents. The Easter challenge requires that you perform actions in all four projects. Τhe actions refering to the challenge must be done between the 29th of March at 18:00 CET to Saturday the 30th of April at 23:59 CET. The challenges are described below:

Cosmic Muon Images:

Visit the Cosmic Muon Images Project page.
– Task: Classify at least 20 subjects from the Introductory Level and at least 40 subjects from the FreeStyle Level.

Deep Sea Explorers:

Visit the Deep Sea Explorers Project page and complete one of the following tasks:
– Task1: Classify at least 50 subjects from the Bioluminescence Level, or
– Task2: Classify at least 50 subjects from the Bioacoustics Level.

New Particle Search at CERN:

– Visit the New Particle Search at CERN Project page and do at least 60 classifications at Stage 1 (Identification of Displaced Vertices).The volunteers who will enter the draw will be the ones where a match (as given by the Zooniverse feedback) was found in  at least 50% of the classifications.

GWitchHunters :

– Visit the GWitchHunters Project page and complete one of the following tasks:

– Task 1: on the desktop website: at least 30 subjects on Level 2 and 30 subjects on Level 3 ,or
– Task 2: on the Zooniverse mobile app: 60 subjects in Mobile Challenges “Noise Profiler”).

Step 3

Stay tuned for the online draw which will be announced both here and on the Zooniverse at the first week of May.

When will the draw happen?

The challenge ends on Saturday the 30th of April 2022 at 23:59 CET. Those eligible to join the draw will be notified via message on the talk forums of Zooniverse. The draw will happen in the beginning of May in a public live streaming event. The date and details of the event will be announced soon in this page and in the REINFORCE project website (https://www.reinforceeu.eu/).

How can I learn more about the REINFORCE International Training Course?

You can visit the International Training Course webpage: https://reinforce.ea.gr/international-training-course/