6 Ways to Be a Citizen Scientist From the Comfort of Your Couch

By Arvind Suresh (Editor) | December 10, 2015 1:01 pm
Take a break from online shopping and sharpen that brain by contributing a few minutes to science. Below, our editors present six projects in need of your help.
(And really, you know you’re going to abandon that online shopping cart, anyway!)


Visit the SciStarter Project Finder for 1100 more opportunities and join our community to learn more about new projects near you!


Some people seem to age faster than others. You can add to our knowledge of aging by guessing how old people are, based on their photos, or uploading your own images to be put to the test.
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Purposeful Gaming
To preserve important historical texts, documents are scanned and then made available to you for online transcription. This project uses gaming to make the task fun and to establish consensus transcriptions.



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Season Spotter
Classify online images from cameras placed across North America. Examine the photos for the presence of phenology cues like blooming flowers, changing leaves and other life-cycle changes to help track seasonal change over time.


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Citizen Sort
Step into the role of an online adventurer exploring an island where you will help identify plants and animals for a real research project!



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NOVA Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is a huge deal these days, and this program will teach you to protect your identity and prevent cyber attacks. It’s great for both kids and adults and offers resources for educators.
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Volunteer Science
Play alone or be matched with people from around the world as you interact with 2-5 minute-long online games. In the process, you’ll advance research about decision-making, personality traits and more.


CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Technology

Citizen Science Salon

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Citizen Science Salon, brought to you by SciStarter, is where science enthusiasts can join forces with top researchers. We'll feature weekly collaborative, crowdsourced, and DIY research projects that relate to what you're reading about in Discover, so you can take science into your own hands. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Arvind Suresh (Editor)

Arvind Suresh has a Master's degree in Cell Biology and Molecular Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from PSG College of Technology, India. He is also an information addict, gobbling up everything he can find on and off the internet. He enjoys reading, teaching, talking and writing science, and following that interest led him to SciStarter. Outside the lab and the classroom, he can be found behind the viewfinder of his camera.


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