2020: New Year, New Resolutions

With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, there’s a good chance you didn’t get around to writing your New Year’s Resolutions. That’s okay! We at SciStarter have done it for you.

  • Eat Better
  • Exercise More
  • Expand Your Mind
  • Meditate
  • Give Back
  • Do Something Squirrel-Related

Best of all, we’ve got citizen science projects that will make keeping your resolutions fun and rewarding.

You’re welcome!

The SciStarter Team

Kale is so 2019! Let’s bring back home-baked bread. In the process, help scientists understand how microbes grow in different flours and contribute to the taste and texture of bread.

Location: Global

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Whether you’re running or strolling, why not report and dispose of trash along your route? This app helps you easily share the location and type of debris with scientists and planners. Thousands of people just like you have reported over 2 MILLION pieces of litter and debris all over the world! Plus, even though the app is called Marine Debris Tracker, you don’t have to be at the beach to participate!

Location: Global

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Virtually leave your office/conference room/person-cave far behind and tag Costa Rican wildcats and their prey with the Osa Camera Track Network! You’ll soon help scientists ID the exotic creatures you’ll see in the project’s thousands of camera trap photos.

Location: Global

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Settle your jangled nerves by finding a quite place to measure noise pollution. Focus your big brain on the Silent Earth decibel-meter, as it validates your sense of quiet serenity.

Location: Global

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January 20th is MLK Day of Service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and a great time to contribute your time and skills to help others. While most of our SciStarter projects fulfill this resolution, consider signing up for GLOBE Mosquito Habitat Mapper to help scientists track and control mosquito-borne diseases that threaten millions of people worldwide.

Location: Global

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This is, admittedly, an outlier of a resolution, but January 21st happens to be National Squirrel Appreciation Day. With not one but two squirrelly CitSci projects in our catalog, how can we let that opportunity go by?

SquirrelMapper
Location: North America

Project Squirrel
Location: Global

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Check out SciStarter’s online and printable monthly calendar of events and holidays (like our upcoming Citizen Science Webinar) linked to relevant citizen science projects.

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These webinars provide a step-by-step guide to learn about this movement that’s sweeping the globe: citizen science. Learn how to find and join the right project for you and how to use SciStarter to earn credit for your participation.

Register for the for the January 11 webinar here and the January 14 webinar here.

Image Credit: Emily Maletz (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

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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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About the Author

Bob Hirshon

Bob Hirshon

Bob Hirshon, President, Springtail Media LLC Bob Hirshon heads up Springtail Media, specializing in science media and digital entertainment. He is Principle Investigator for the NSF-supported National Park Science Challenge, an augmented reality adventure that takes place in National Parks. Hirshon headed up the Kinetic City family of science projects, including the Peabody Award winning children’s radio drama Kinetic City Super Crew, McGraw-Hill book series and Codie Award winning website and education program. Hirshon can be heard on XM/Sirius Radio’s Kids Place Live as “Bob the Science Slob,” sharing science news and answering children’s questions.