“How To” Become a Citizen Scientist in Minutes

Virtually join a SCUBA diver as she takes a fish survey. Watch scientists explain the goals of their research, how YOU can get involved, and what they’ll do with the data you collect. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the videos we feature below. You’ll discover how you can become a citizen scientist, in minutes! Nature TV and WNET produced this video about citizen science and SciStarter, too. Find more citizen science project videos on SciStarter’s “How To” YouTube channel. If you’re a project leader, here are some tips on how to make a video for your project!

Help scientists understand some of the most important organisms in our ecosystems—caterpillars and other insects—by conducting surveys of plants and trees.

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Use your mobile device to measure tree height to help NASA study the carbon cycle.

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Cicadas are still lingering in some trees! Collect some to contribute to Urban Buzz.

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Are you a SCUBA diver? Record and share data about the fish you see while diving.

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Help advance Alzheimer’s research by identifying stalled or flowing blood vessels in videos of mice brains.

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Preorder The Field Guide to Citizen Science—by the expert team at SciStarter and published by Timber Press—makes it easier than ever for those new to citizen science to get involved!

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Check out SciStarter’s online and printable monthly calendar of events and holidays (like Water Monitoring Day) linked to relevant citizen science projects. Great for the classroom! You can find it here.

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Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

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Lea Shell

Lea worked at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences before coming to SciStarter. As part of the SciStarter team, she manages education initiatives, authors SciStarter's bi-weekly newsletter, and leads the edit team in reviewing and approving projects added to the SciStarter database. Lea is also a co-founder and co-owner of Essential Montessori, where she designs and hand-crafts learning Montessori-inspired materials for young children.