We’re all about hands-on learning. And what better way to learn than to participate in actual, cutting-edge science inquiries?
Citizen science allows ordinary people–like you, me, and our kids–to participate in science. For example, The Lost Ladybug Project asks people to find and photograph ladybugs, in an attempt to find rare ladybug species. A 10 and 11 year-old boy and girl made the first major breakthrough in the project when they found a rare 9-spotted ladybug–the first seen in the eastern United States in 14 years!
Can you imagine the power behind citizen science? Students aren’t just learning about science, they’re participating in it! They are making science happen. Along the way, they’ll learn observational skills and apply the scientific method, as a matter of course. They’ll also learn about the topic at hand, whether it’s neutron stars or backyard birds.
Are you ready? These fantastic websites have curated lists of citizen science projects for you to participate in!
Cool Cat Teacher lists 17 citizen science projects for schools, teachers, and parents
Hack Education describes 5 apps that encourage citizen science
Wikipedia has dozens of Citizen Science Projects
SciStarter indexes hundreds of projects including Moon Zoo and a DIY Laser Harp
We’ve also made a Pinterest board tracking citizen science opportunities.