Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.

Faculty Advisor

Oates, Karen Kashmanian

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


This project was intended to evaluate and improve the Port Phillip EcoCentre Baykeeper street and river auditing programs to enhance their functionality and usefulness when using citizen science. We developed a best practice rubric to evaluate the design of citizen science programs, used the rubric to evaluate the Baykeeper street auditing program, and developed and implemented an improvement plan for the program. We delivered an instructional and promotional video to the EcoCentre for the Baykeeper street litter audit and provided general recommendations on how to apply our project work in the future. This work will further the EcoCentre’s mission to educate and advocate on environmental issues. Our project work can also be used by other organizations using citizen science.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2017

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology