Cicada Tracker Maker Event @ The Brooklyn Brewery

Calling All Citizen Scientists!

Monday, April 8, 2013

7:30 PM

Join Radiolab host Jad Abumrad and Radiolab producers, members of Hack Manhattan, and fellow Radiolab fans and New Yorkers for an adults-only night of building sensors. First beer is free! Event is free but reservations are required.

Attendees will build "cicada sensors" that can detect, based on the soil temperature, the time of the emergence of the Cicadas.


Sometime between April and May the Magicicada Brood II will emerge after 17 years from their underground lairs, from Virginia to Connecticut. They will mate, shed their skins and die. Radiolab and WNYC's Data News Team are calling on all science enthusiasts, gardeners, and DIY hobbyists to help predict the exact date of the onslaught.

Project also includes an Interactive Cicada Tracker Map, DIY How-To Video, and Bug Blog:

For residents outside of the NYC metro area and true do-it-yourselfers, Radiolab and the WNYC Data News team have created materials that show people how to build the sensors at home with supplies readily available on the web or at local electronics supply stores. At "Cicada Tracker Central," found on the web at