A New Citizen Science Projects Site

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A relative newcomer to the community of citizen science project sites is scistarter.com. A division of Science for Citizens, LLC, this site provides access to a number of straightforward projects for beginning and intermediate-skilled citizen scientists. They also solicit projects from professional scientists and hobbyists.

Projects feature clearly-stated objectives and instructions for how to join each one.  Their mission statement reads:

SciStarter will bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the resources, products, and services that enable citizens to pursue and enjoy these activities. We aim to:

  • Enable and encourage people to learn about, participate in, and contribute to science through both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts.
  • Inspire greater appreciation and promote a better understanding of science and technology among the general public.
  • Create a shared space where scientists can talk with citizens interested in working on or learning about their research projects.
  • Satisfy the popular urge to tinker, build, and explore by making it simple and fun for people—singles, parents, grandparents, kids—to jump in and get their hands dirty with science.

Give them a visit.

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