Citizen science; the public’s involvement in discovering new scientific knowledge, which can involve an infinite amount of people, who are all working towards the common goal of discovery.
There are four commonalities in a citizen science study:
- Anyone can participate
- Participants must use the same protocol to ensure high quality data that can coordinate well with other research.
- Data can help real scientists come to real conclusions
- A wide community of scientists and volunteers work together and share data to which the public, as well as scientists, have access. 2
How Can You Get Involved in Citizen Science?
There are so many ways!! If you haven’t participated in a citizen science project before, one easy way to get your feet wet is to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count1, an annual citizen science project held every February to help scientists better understand the environment and how it is changing.
The SciStarter website2 has a database of vetted projects and events that are searchable by location, activity, and topic, so you can easily find something that best fits your interests!
How To Find a Citizen Science Project for YOU!
Along with the SciStarter database2; The National Geographic3, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums4 also have citizen science project ideas! Your opportunities are endless-just jump online and search “citizen science” and whatever topic you are interested in and see what comes up!
Citizen Science Day is April 14th, and you can learn more about it at this5 website. What better time to get involved?
Written By: Amanda Kaminski
Edited By: Fallyn Maleski