Citizen Science Month is moving online to help people stay healthy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still contribute to research projects! Here’s a quick collection of resources for science projects you can contribute to from the comfort of your couch, back yard, or front porch.
Zooniverse is a collection of hundreds of projects looking for volunteers, and you can do lots of work from home. Some staff favorites include counting penguins for Penguin Watch, transcribing anti-slavery documents for the Boston Public Library, and identifying urban raccoons for the University of Wyoming.
Globe at Night is asking volunteers to measure light pollution around their homes. All you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer.
SciStarter is another great database of projects looking for help, and many don’t even require leaving the couch. You can even search for projects by age group and make citizen science a family affair.
NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries. Want to work on some real NASA science? This is the web page for you.
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. The Ohio chapters regularly support the state climate office at Ohio State with information on precipitation and drought conditions.