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Thank you, SciStarter citizen scientists! Thanks to nearly 100,000 registered SciStarter users and many other visitors in 2020 alone, we collectively helped scientists accelerate research about COVID-19, monitor light pollution and climate change, catalogue biodiversity all around the globe and understand our world in so many other ways.
In 2020, registered SciStarter users contributed data more than 3,300,000 times to SciStarter affiliate projects. Wow!
Review lists of the most popular projects, below. Beneath those lists, we spotlight five projects that made our annual top 20 stats for the first time this year.
Thank you, and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling 2021.
The SciStarter Team
New to the Top 20!
The below five projects made our top 20 lists for the first time.
Help researchers develop new mRNA vaccines that can be deployed all over the world. No PhD? No problem! Playing this fun, online game helps you build novel RNA configurations, learn about biochemistry and solve puzzles that will help speed up vaccine development.
Image Credit: Eterna
Search for wild animals in Tanzania, South Africa and Mozambique from the comfort of your own home with Snapshot Safari. There are millions of photos lined up and ready for you to analyze! Your work will help scientists conserve some of the most beloved species and ecosystems on our planet.
Image Credit: Snapshot Mountain Zebra
Now that the days are getting longer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) it’s time to plan for Spring! Join the Great Sunflower Project and familiarize yourself with bees and other pollinators in your area (check out our coloring sheet to practice!). Before you know it, it will be time to find a flowering plant and begin contributing your observations!
Image Credit: Alwyn Ladell via Flickr Creative Commons
With just a penny and a magnet, you can analyze the water pipes in your home and report back to Crowd the Tap! Your home will become part of the national inventory of water pipe materials, contributing to an understanding of drinking water safety.
Location: United States
This year, millions of contributors to COVID Near You helped scientists track outbreaks of COVID-19. Now, COVID Near You has become Outbreaks Near Me, tracking both COVID-19 and influenza. Sign up to add your data to the project and let them know how you’re feeling!
Location: North America
As part of continued programming with the Network of the National Library of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program, SciStarter is hosting an event series in January, February and March to help you get started in one of three citizen science projects that advance real world research. Then, share your experiences with the scientists you helped and ask them anything!
Learn about the different events in the series and RSVP.
Image Credit: Human Computation Institute
The Library & Community Guide to Citizen Science is presented by SciStarter and Arizona State University, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Libraries are quickly becoming hubs for citizen science. Your library may already be involved in citizen science programming. If so, bravo! For countless others, citizen science is still a bit of a mystery.
We created this guide to help you navigate the rapidly changing landscape, access resources, learn about projects and programs and explore a myriad of opportunities to support your plans to bring citizen science to your library or community-based organization (CBO).
On January 27 at 3 PM ET, join SciStarter and 4 Seasons, a community in New Jersey, for an introduction to citizen science and three projects you can do from home. Anyone of any age is welcome, though this webinar is an especially great fit for retirees that are new to citizen science.
Image credit: Emily Maletz, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
New on the Blogs
How Playing Science Games is Advancing Genetic Research, via the SciStarter Blog
How a Christmas Tradition has Helped Track Billions of Vanishing Birds, via Discover Magazine
Explore the Cosmos at Home, via Science Connected
More From SciStarter
Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!