citizen science

Citizen science is a collaboration between people like me and you and scientists. We can help scientists make discoveries by recording and reporting observations. There are thousands of citizen science projects happening all around the world right now!

A few of our favorite citizen science projects are listed below under each superpower, but you can find thousands of others at scistarter.org

Learn more about citizen science in this STEAMwork video from April 27th: 

community captain

Have you ever looked up at the sky at night when there weren't any clouds and still haven't been able to see many stars? This is caused by light pollution. Light pollution is caused by too many outdoor lights. 

 

You can help scientists raise awareness about light pollution by observing the stars in the sky above you. Follow the link below to participate in the Globe at Night project. 

pollinator patrol

Butterfiles are pollinators too! Monarch butterflies migrate, or travel long distances as the seasons change, twice per year. The butterflies travel to and from Mexico in search of food and warmer temperatures. Warming temperatures due to climate change are having an affect on how and when the butterflies migrate. 

 

Help scientists track and study the migration patterns of monarch butterflies through citizen science project, Journey North

arbor avenger

There are nearly three trillion trees in the world today. Monitoring the health of those trees takes a lot of work. You can help scientists monitor the world's trees by participating the the NASA GLOBE Observer program. 

 

Through the program you can photograph and document tree height and circumference. This allows scientists to track the health of the world's trees.

 

water warrior

The trash we produce often ends up in our global ocean and fresh waterways. You can help keep trash out of our waterways by joining the Marine Debris Tracking citizen science project. 

 

The goal of the program is to investigate and prevent the negative effects of marine debris.

 

Learn more as a family about marine debris through the award-winning video series, Trash Talk. 

mighty meteorologist

CoCoRaHS, or the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, Snow Network is a citizen science project that has been around since 1998. Volunteers report precipitation levels to scientists, and scientists use the data to track precipitation changes across time and location. 

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