Be a Citizen Scientist
Participate in research with SciStarter.com.
Thanks to smart phones, computers, and evolving technology, you can discover, learn about, and contribute to scientific research projects from anywhere in the world. SciStarter.com creates a shared space where people of all ages can get involved with the scientific process and scientists can crowd source new data.
Click here to visit our recent blog post featuring Citizen Science in action!
Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results.
What you’ll need
Computer with internet access
Other supplies vary depending on the project you choose
Register for a free account with SciStarter.com.
As a family, browse available projects based on location and interest area. Educational projects with extra learning tools are available too.
Choose a project and follow its instructions.
Rate and review the project to inspire other citizen scientists.
What did you learn about citizen science? Do you think it is important or exciting? Why or why not?
What projects did you find most interesting? What projects did you find least interesting?
What project did you select and why? What do you think its impact will be?
Once you've completed your project, think of one or two related ideas you are curious about? How would you find the answers to those questions?
What are the limitations and possible challenges of engaging citizens in scientific research?
What are the benefits to encouraging citizens to participate in science?
Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story by Anna Forrester. See citizen science in action in this fun story about a memorable family evening spent counting bats.
Outdoor Science Lab for Kids: 52 Family-Friendly Experiments for the Yard, Garden, Playground, and Park by Liz Lee Heinecke. Part of the incredible Lab Series, this edition will inspire your whole family to bring science to your time outside.
Take it further
Visit Science Friday's educational tools for parents and teachers. These free STEM resources help you dig even deeper into a variety of topics.
Watch the PBS Series The Crowd and The Cloud (April 2017) all about citizen science and its impact on our world.
Browse our conversation starters to discuss your next big-hearted project or book.
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