Citizen Science

You can download David Bydlowski's presentation on Citizen Science, by CLICKING HERE . The presentation took place at the MDSTA/DACTM Fall Conference held at Woodhaven High School, on November 8, 2014. 

Citizen Science Opportunities 

The web offers many exciting opportunities for classes to get involved in REAL science! Here are some great starting points that will get you thinking about how you might incorporate these opportunities into your curricula!  (Thanks to Jim Forde from Digital Learning Environments for sharing this information.  Please visit his site at: )

  • Sci Starter 
    An easy to use menu for searching for science projects to get involved in utilizing categories like : at home, at night, at the beach etc. You can also select item by science topic. Starting in October 2012 project from this web site are being featured on the NSTA web site. A nice collaboration!

    Here is their cool blog
  • Zooniverse 
    This site is self described as, "home to the internet's largest, most popular and most successful citizen science projects." The most popular project on this web site is Galaxy Zoo. All of these projects appear to be Space based and will have you analyzing Hubble Telescope images, finding stars from IR image data, exploring the surface of the moon or Sun, or my favorite, searching for evidence of planets around Stars!

  • Scientific American Citizen Science project list 
    An exhaustive list of great projects to consider getting involved in. Dig into this one! I am definitely going to get involved in the seafloor explorer and the baby laughter project! 
  • NASA: Citizen Science page 
    It doesn't get much better than NASA if you want to contribute to a science project! Check out the ones they encourage you to participate in. Would you like to be a Martian scientist? Or perhaps study lunar impacts? Here you go!
  • Journey North 
    An oldie but a goodie. This is the site that featured the Monarch Watch project and more! Now it tracks various migrations both north and south.

A couple of specific projects  to highlight are...

Students' Cloud Observations Online (S'COOL) : "The project aims to collect data on cloud type, height, cover, and related conditions from all over the world. Observations are sent to NASA for comparison to similar information obtained from satellite.

Globe at Night - Help contribute to a database collecting information about light pollution. This is an easy one to do!


(As provided by Scientific American)

Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents.  Now using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating too.  Citizen Science falls into many categories.  A pioneering project was SETI@Home , which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life.  citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo .  They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project.   Andy they even solve puzzles to design proteins, such as FoldIt .  Scientific American will add projects regularly.  All you have to do is CLICK HERE  to find hundreds of citizen science projects.