SciStarter Blog

SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through providing people access to more than 2,700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events. But more than just a project directory, SciStarter also offers a coordinated place to record contributions and access the tools and instruments needed to participate in citizen science projects. The SciStarter Blog is published by Science Connected.

Designing Citizen Science Projects for Everyone

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's report, Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design, synthesizes previous research on the best practices to increase participant learning through citizen science ...
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Is Rainwater Safe to Drink?

A citizen science project called Off the Roof tested rainwater runoff collected by volunteers. They found that rainwater can be easily treated, but does often have contaminants similar to what's ...
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Explore the Cosmos at Home

From studying light pollution to growing tomato seeds that have flown in orbit, these citizen science projects can help you and your kids enjoy the cosmos at home. SciStarter Blog ...
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Old Family Fishing Photos Unlock the History of Atlantic Fisheries

One captain’s old fishing photos grew into a citizen science project called FISHstory. Researchers hope it can teach them about the health of today’s fish populations. SciStarter Blog Rusty Hudson ...
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Revolutionizing Bird Watching with Radar

Ecologists can now forecast bird migrations like meteorologists forecast the weather. But without on-the-ground citizen science observations, it’s hard to tell a songbird from a goose. SCISTARTER BLOG For many ...
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Citizen Science Projects about Insections

Citizen science projects featuring insects, spiders and their relatives

Seven large-scale citizen science projects that you can help with right now! Help scientists collect data on our insect friends. SciStarter Blog You can call them “insects, spiders and their ...
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Citizen Scientists Fighting Misinformation

Citizen Scientists Fighting Misinformation

A new project called Public Editor invites citizen scientists to work together to fight misinformation and vet the credibility of news.  SciStarter Blog In an era of social media bots, ...
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3 Ways to Help Save Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies face an uncertain future. Their numbers have plummeted in recent decades. Here are some ways you can help. SciStarter Blog Every fall, declining day length triggers one of ...
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