Celebrate summer with citizen science!

Search for the Rusty Patched bee, track flood impacts, or use your surfboard as a water quality sensor. Planning a trip to the beach, a park, or a campsite? Here are six ways to contribute to real science while enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Cheers! The SciStarter Team

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Environment, Featured Projects, Geology & Earth Sciences, Girl Scouts, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water

‘Tis the Season! 12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science

Photo: John Ohab 12 Days of Christmas The holiday season is upon us! In the spirit of the season, we’ve put together another edition of our ever popular annual 12 Days of Christmas Newsletter. Cheers! The SciStarter Team On the 1st Day of Christmas, Treezilla gave to me: A measuring tape around a pear tree, … Read more “‘Tis the Season! 12 Days of Christmas with Citizen Science”

Categories: Animals, Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Computers & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Gaming, Geology & Earth Sciences, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter

SMAP patches have arrived! Get one by submitting soil moisture data!

If you’ve already signed up to participate in NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive research to ground-truth satellite data, great! (And thank you!) As soon as you input your data to the GLOBE site, you’ll receive an embroidered version of this patch. Interested in joining SMAP? We are looking for teams in the following states: AK, … Read more “SMAP patches have arrived! Get one by submitting soil moisture data!”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Geology & Earth Sciences, Nature & Outdoors, Other

Learn how climate change affects plant life with AMC Mountain Watch

Track phenology events in Appalachian mountains and contribute to climate change research with Mountain Watch! Want more spring citizen science? We’ve got you covered through April showers and May flowers. There is nothing more rewarding than taking in the view from above tree-line. A challenging hike always seems like a distant memory after gazing upon the landscape … Read more “Learn how climate change affects plant life with AMC Mountain Watch”

Categories: Biology, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Geology & Earth Sciences, Nature & Outdoors

Getting flashed by the Moon?

Monitor the rates and sizes of meteoroids striking the moon with the Lunar Impact Monitoring project. Citizen science after hours…here are some citizen science projects you can do at night. By now you’ve probably seen Gravity, and maybe you figured real astronauts don’t have to worry about projectiles, flying debris, or explosions. After all, the stars … Read more “Getting flashed by the Moon?”

Categories: Astronomy & Space, Citizen Science, Geology & Earth Sciences

Using the Quake-Catcher Network Citizen Science Project to Meet Common Core and Next Generation Teaching Standards

Citizen Science in the Classroom: Quake-Catcher Network Quake-Catcher Network Citizen Science Project Meeting Common Core and Next Generation Teaching Standards Grades: K-12 Description: Quake-Catcher Network (QCN) is a citizen science project that uses internet and sensors (subsidized or free for K-12 classrooms) to connect schools and other entities to an earthquake monitoring network. It is hosted … Read more “Using the Quake-Catcher Network Citizen Science Project to Meet Common Core and Next Generation Teaching Standards”

Categories: Computers & Technology, Geology & Earth Sciences, Science Education Standards

12 Days of Christmas-y Citizen Science

Make sure you’re on Santa’s “nice list” this year. Lend your hands, hearts and brains to science during these 12 days leading up to Christmas! On the 1st day of Christmas, the Alliance for Saving Threatened Forests gave to me: A chance to monitor the invasive insects that attack both hemlocks and Fraser firs (the most popular … Read more “12 Days of Christmas-y Citizen Science”

Categories: Birds, Citizen Science, Geology & Earth Sciences, Health, Nature & Outdoors

Winter + Citizen Scientists + Twitter = Snowtweets!

Winter is here! Check out more winter weather themed citizen science projects at Scistarter. You know what the atmosphere is. But have you heard of the cryosphere? No, it’s not a giant frozen ice-cream sphere, if that’s what you’re thinking. (That’s not what you were thinking? Never mind then!) The cryosphere, as Wikipedia most sagely … Read more “Winter + Citizen Scientists + Twitter = Snowtweets!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Ecology & Environment, Geology & Earth Sciences