It’s the New Year, and in addition to eating better, exercising regularly, and watching fewer videos of adorable talking porcupines (#STOPTHECUTENESS!), we at SciStarter resolve to make every human (all 7.5 billion of you, as well as your pets) a citizen scientist by the end of 2020…or by 2120 at the latest!
In that spirit, we present five lists of our Top 19 Projects of 2019, tallied by page views, joins, saves, contributions, and social media shares. Featured before that are six projects that made the top tier for the first time.
The SciStarter Team
Smithsonian Transcription Center
Do you want to help organize America’s Attic? Then make a resolution to become a Smithsonian volunpeer—a person who helps transcribe and otherwise organize the Smithsonian’s vast holdings of historical documents and collection records. You can be a part of history!
Marine Debris Tracker
Thousands of citizen scientists have already tracked down two million pieces of litter! But debris that needs tracking is not confined to the marine environment, so in 2020, this project will be known simply as Debris Tracker and will expand to include debris wherever it occurs, in or out of marine environments.
Flu Near You
Help doctors track the flu virus by letting them know your zip code and how you’re feeling. With enough contributors, researchers will be able to keep tabs on flu outbreaks, learn how infectious diseases spread, and take action to prevent epidemics. And contributing is even easier than taking your temperature!
Location: United States
The parasitic fly that turns honeybees into creatures of the night could be spreading, and ZomBee Watch needs your data to find out. Set up a ZomBee night light check for infected ZomBees in your neighborhood, and report your results.
Location: United States
Nanocrafter is a synthetic biology game that taught players about DNA biochemistry, and then let them contribute original solutions to real problems in biochemistry. That mission is now complete, but watch for new citizen science games inspired by the success of Nanocrafter.
Year in Citizen Science: January Calendar
Free Webinars: January 11 and 14
These webinars provide a step-by-step guide to learn about this movement that’s sweeping the globe: citizen science. Learn how to find and join the right project for you and how to use SciStarter to earn credit for your participation.