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Time to Start Writing Those Resolutions! Here’s Some Inspo
By SciStarter Team, Dec 22, 2021
Whether you’re cramming to get your 2021 resolutions accomplished (there’s still time!) or looking forward to the new year, we’ve got you covered. Check out these five citizen science projects that will motivate you to eat better, get out and exercise, give something back and more!
And don’t forget, now through December 31, complete any three SciStarter affiliate projects and you’ll receive a personalized certificate as a thanks for your efforts.
Getting our heart rates up is a popular resolution, but a lot of us need a little extra motivation to get out and get moving. With Marine Debris Tracker, you can collect data on the litter you see on your walk on the beach (or in your neighborhood).
Just snap a picture with the easy-to-use app and researchers will be able to learn more about the types and amount of pollution on our shores and beyond!
We’re always looking for easy ways to eat a little better, so baking fresh sourdough bread seems like a no-brainer. But you can boost your baking with a little experiment: Testing different flours in your sourdough starter to see how different microbes grow — and how it affects the taste of your bread!
2021 was a lot of work. Let’s promise to kick back and relax a little more in the New Year. We recommend finding a citizen science game you can enjoy, like Colony B. The fast-paced puzzle game is easy, even meditative, to play, and helps researchers understand how communities of microbes assemble in your gut!
Are you sick of hearing “misinformation” and “fake news”? Now there’s a way to fight back. With Public Editor, participants learn how to identify over 40 different types of bad information, then are unleashed on the internet to evaluate what’s out there.
Our resolutions include squirrels, don’t yours? Researchers the world over want to hear about the squirrels in your neighborhood: How many there are, what species they are, what their habitat is like and more! It’s easy to submit your observations through the form on the SciStarter site, and you’ll rest easier knowing you’ve helped scientists get to know these furry friends a little better.
It’s not too late! 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 anytime at home, school or the office.
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!
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!