Thanks to smartphones, computers and evolving technology, we can discover, learn about, and contribute to scientific research projects from anywhere in the world. has created a shared space where anyone, even children, can get involved with the scientific process. Whether your child likes being out in nature or has an analytical side, lists hundreds of research projects they can get involved in. Some projects are interested in crowd-sourced data, too.

Talk to your child: 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?

Book to share: Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story by Anna Forrester. Ages 5 and up. See citizen science in action in this fun story about a memorable family evening spent counting bats.