Unable to complete a science fair project? Want to do more?
There are thousands of citizen science opportunities for you to get involved in ongoing research programs. Here are just a few of our favorites which allow for participation with safe social distancing online.
SETI@home: A scientific experiment, based at UC Berkeley, that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data. If you want to get more serious you can get an eVscope and partner with Unistellar and the SETI Institute
Earth Hero: Earth Hero is a group of volunteers who came together to do our part to address the climate crisis. We contribute in different ways with our own unique interests, yet share a common cause. Many hands make light work and accelerates change. Earth Hero is your personal guide to calculating and tracking your emissions over time, making it easy for you to see how you’re doing against global reduction targets.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: Hundreds of thousands of people around the world contribute bird observations each year, gathering data on a scale once unimaginable. Scientists use these data to reveal how birds are affected by habitat loss, pollution, disease, climate, and other environmental changes. Your participation will help trace bird migration, nesting success, and changes in bird numbers through time. These insights inform conservation plans and key actions to protect birds and habitats. Find a project that’s right for you!
Folding@Home: A project focused on disease research. The problems being solved require many computer calculations, and they need your help to find the cures! The software allows you to share your unused computer power so that we can research even more potential cures.
EyeWire: Scientists need your help mapping the neural connections of the retina. All you have to do is color brain images! EyeWire is a fun way to learn about the brain and help scientist understand how the nervous system works.
Digital Fishers: Are you one of those people who loves the ocean but doesn’t want to deal with the sunburns, parking, or other unpleasant aspects that come with the territory? Here’s a project that puts you in touch with the ocean and saves you the extra costs in suntan lotion. Digital Fishers allows you to help scientists identify different species of fish. You can assist with research by watching 15-second videos from the comfort of your own computer and click on simple responses.
Be A Martian: NASA’s Be A Martian is an interactive Mars science laboratory that allows visitors to help scientists learn about the red planet. You can help identify important features in images returned from previous Mars rovers, ask and vote on questions for NASA Mars experts in a virtual town hall, explore a Mars atlas to learn more about the planet’s terrain, send postcards to Spirit (another Mars rover), and watch educational videos in the Two Moons theater.