Every one of these projects can be done by anyone anywhere in the country, is social-distancing-friendly, and needs the help of regular people like you to tackle important scientific challenges.
Dive in, and check back often—we’ll be adding livestream Q&A’s with researchers, lessons, activities, crafts, and other fun stuff throughout the month. Join our citizen science newsletter here.
The Zooniverse matches researchers with one of the most powerful image analysis tools there is: your brain. Study real images and videos gathered by researchers, answer simple questions about them, and you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, no special training or prior knowledge required.
Participate: Browse and join hundreds of projects on any topic at Zooniverse.org/projects. Here’s a few to get you started:
Planet Four: Take a virtual trip to Mars’ south pole! Help planetary scientists learn about the seasons on the red planet.
Anti-Slavery Manuscripts: Do you have trouble identifying a handwritten “F” from an “S”? So do computers—join us to start training your brain for this important project that is working to make historical anti-slavery artifacts from the Boston Library accessible for global research, all while training AI to read human handwriting.
Download the iNaturalist app from the AppStore or Google Play and start photographing wild plants and animals.
Upload your observations to iNaturalist!
Join a truly global effort to document biodiversity by taking pictures of wild plants and animals and uploading them to the iNaturalist citizen science app. Once uploaded, scientists, naturalists, and enthusiasts around the planet will help identify your finds to build an open online nature library used by nature lovers and researchers alike.
Participate: Download the iNaturalist app or visit iNaturalist.org to register, and join the Science Friday City Nature Challenge project., then get photographing! If your city is also participating in the City Nature Challenge, any observations you make April 24th – 27th will also count for the City Nature Challenge! Checkhere to see the list of cities.
Listen: City Nature Challenge Co-Founder Lila Higgins joined Science Friday to share her enthusiasm and strategies for documenting living things, even in a time of social distancing.
Watch the party: On Tuesday, April 21st we invited City Nature Challenge organizers from around the country and world to rep their city biodiversity pride, play a rousing game of “WILD or NOT?!” and get tips on nature viewing while social distancing. Watch it on Facebook, and join us for one of our upcoming Citizen Science Parties.
I See Change is a global online community that posts about what they notice changing in the environment. Posts are synced with weather and climate data and broadcast to the community to investigate bigger picture climate trends. Over time, community members can track how climate is changing, season to season, year to year, and understand the impacts on daily life.
Participate: Browse posts by community members, see projects looking for observations, and sign up at ISeeChange.org
Join The Discussion: Join our Zoom and Facebook Live eventon Tuesday, April 14th at 4pm ET to share your observations of Spring, learn how to awaken your senses to change in your environment and contribute your observations as a citizen scientist. We’ll also get crafty and share community activity ideas for capturing spring change with your neighbors. Sign up here or click the link below!
Help create a national inventory of water pipe material with Crowd The Tap, and take the first step towards safe drinking water. The material of our infrastructure affects the safety of our water. The inventory will help prioritize areas for tap water testing and infrastructure replacement. What kind of water pipes do you have?
Do: Why do some pipes add metal to water? The pipes actually dissolve a little bit! Experiment with metal solubility in this easy penny polishing experiment from The Exploratorium.
Watch: Water quality expert Marc Edwards and Crowd the Tap’s Caren Cooper joined Zoom and Facebook Live audiences for a conversation about water safety. Watch the event recording and join the conversation on Facebook.
Track The Spread Of Coronavirus: COVID Near You
Anonymously report your zip code and any symptoms you have every day or week
See a national map of reported COVID-19 symptoms and positive COVID-19 tests
COVID Near You uses crowdsourced data to visualize maps to help citizens and public health agencies identify current and potential hotspots for the recent pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19.
Participate: Visit COVID Near You to report how you’re feeling, contributing to a national COVID map.
Do: Visualize how far a sneeze travels in this colorful sneeze simulation for kids: How To Graph A Sneeze.
Do: Make mucus at home! Yuck! While you experiment with mucus viscosity, learn how important mucus is to keeping you healthy.
We’re thrilled to be a Citizen Science Month partner, hosted by SciStarter. SciStarter is where millions of people discover opportunities to participate in citizen science, a movement that’s sweeping the globe. On SciStarter, there are citizen science projects for everyone!
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