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SciStarter. Science we can do together. These fun affiliate project games provide meaningful data to the scientific community.There’s still time to check off that resolution to give back, learn something new, explore nature or pick up a new skill by participating in citizen science! If you’re looking for a fun way to do it, try one of these online citizen science games from our SciStarter Affiliates. Help scientists unveil meaningful informati on on important topics like Alzheimer’s research, coral reef classification, DNA sequencing and more!
Now through the end of the year, we’re giving thanks to our SciStarter community. Participate in any three of the 100+ SciStarter affiliate projects now through December 31 and earn a special Citizen Science Explorer certificate.
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Screenshot of a phone game. A purple cannon shoots a ball up toward a gem.
Image credit: The Neureka Project
By playing games and telling Neureka how you feel each day, researchers aim to figure out how mental health issues evolve over time. Questions include why some people are more resilient than others, how things like mood and motivation interact with one another and the environment and more.
Every minute you spend completing science challenges, playing games and completing questionnaires in the app helps researchers make progress in the global fight against dementia and depression.
Location: Global
Best for: Adults

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A screen shot from the Phylo online game showing two scientists, a DNA strand and the words PHYLO STORYMODE.
Image credit: Phylo
If you like games like Candy Crush, you’ll love Phylo. Align sequences of colors to make a match and beat your high score.
The sequences aren’t just colors, though: They represent actual DNA sequences that researchers think could be linked to genetic disorders. Your moves will train an algorithm to better answer questions about the genes.
Location: Global
Best for: Middle school and up

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A hand holding a tablet with a screen depicting the Stall Catchers game.
Image credit: Stall Catchers
Researchers recently discovered that stalls (clogged blood vessels in the brain) might be associated with Alzheimer’s. By reducing the number of stalls, the lab was able to restore memory and reduce other cognitive symptoms in mice.
Scientists need your help to learn more. Play Stall Catchers and “catch” stalls by looking at movies from mouse brains and scoring blood vessels as “flowing” or “stalled.”
With your help, we could potentially find an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease in just a few years!
Location: Global
Best for: All ages

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Two side-by-side screenshots from the QuestaGame app, showing information about a yellow and black bird on the left, and a list of binoculars on the right.
Image credit: QuestaGame
Submit sightings of your local flora and fauna while having fun playing a game. Join and create quests, earn gold, compete against other players, identify sightings, build your collection and move up the leaderboard, all while helping to document and protect local biodiversity.
Share geo-tagged data with researchers to contribute to an expanding database of biodiversity around the world!
Location: Global
Best for: All ages

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Two images of hands holding a tablet and playing the NeMO-Net game, drawing a yellow outline on an image of a coral reef.
(Image Credit: NeMO-Net)
NeMO-Net is a single-player tablet game where players help NASA classify coral reefs by painting 3D and 2D images of coral.
Players also help rate the classifications of other players and level up in the food chain as they explore coral reefs and other shallow marine environments from locations all over the world.
Location: Global
Best for: Middle school and up

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Now through December 31st, participate in any three projects featured on SciStarter.org/Affiliates and you’ll get a personalized, downloadable SciStarter Explorer certificate. We’ll add it to your online SciStarter Profile but you can print and display it at home, school or the office.

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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!

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SciStarter connects you to thousands of searchable citizen science projects in need of your help. Use the Project Finder (SciStarter.org/Finder) to find a project to match your location, interests, and age level. Your free SciStarter account will help you earn credit for participating in projects across apps and websites (use the advanced search option at SciStarter.org/Finder to find Affiliate projects eligible for credit in your dashboard). Together, we can move the world forward!