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.Â 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 peopleâ€”singles, parents, grandparents, kidsâ€”to jump in and get their hands dirty with science.
Give them a visit.