Citizen Science Projects
This is just a list of a few projects. You can go to https://scistarter.org/ to get personalised citizen science projects based on your interests.
Cape Citizen Science: A program that offers many opportunities to participate in scientific research. Their research projects involve members of the public, allowing youth to discover new things. Their focus involved studying plant diseases, insect diseases, and advocating for biodiversity.
Darwin’s Ark: An organization that enables ordinary citizens to become scientists. Being a non-profit project, they seek answers and explanations to common health and behavioural issues. As such, they combine genetics and behaviour to better understand complex diseases in pets, so, If you’re a passionate pet owner- this one is for you!
Dog Aging Project: Another one for pet lovers, it is a canine health study that analyses the biological and environmental factors which maximize dog life. By advancing their understanding of ageing, they are one step closer to accelerating medical breakthroughs for dogs. They wish to bring together the community of owners, veterinarians, researchers, volunteers, and of course, dogs!
Eyewire: It is a game that challenges players to map retinal neurons. In addition to fun and interactive activities, they offer information regarding the brain, neurons, and brain mapping. If you love neuroscience you might want to give this game a try. That being said, anyone can take part in the game, regardless of their scientific background, as long as they are interested in advancing the quest to understanding ourselves and our brain!
Reef Life Survey: Explore reef biodiversity by diving. And if you don’t want to dive, there’s still a lot you can do! The non-profit citizen science program allows the public to interact firsthand with professional SCUBA divers and the reef’s biodiversity itself. The organization makes data, research, news, and activities more accessible to people.
Fold It: This website has puzzles and engaging interactives to motivate youth into learning more. Help discover new proteins to cure diseases by playing this fun game. In addition, they also have a blog, contests, videos, and a discord server to allow better and easier communication.
iNaturalist: Learn about nature by observing your backyard, recording your observations and connecting with experts who can identify your observations. Talk with other naturalists and help them. Being partners with organizations such as National Geographic, allows actual scientists and researchers to use and apply your data and observations.
Soundscapes to Landscapes: This is a science-based project that seeks to advance animal biodiversity monitoring by using Earth-observing satellites. You can show initiative by collecting data on birds through visiting sites and listening to calls. As a result, mapping the biodiversity of birds across large areas will be made easier.
Crowdcrafting: They invite volunteers to help with scientific projects developed by citizens, professionals and institutions. Allows you to interact with institutions that require human intelligence for things such as solving problems, analyzing data, and completing tasks that machines are unable to.
iTech Explorers: Allows citizens to be able to help conduct research about how using technology right before falling asleep can affect circadian rhythms. If time is an issue for you, this project is perfect for you as you can spend as little as 8 minutes while still contributing to clinical and digital research.