All new citizen science projects for you!

New projects are being added to SciStarter all the time! We’re rounding up a few of the latest citizen science opportunities on SciStarter here for you to check out. You can travel to Mars to find clouds above the Red Planet, learn about how alphabets from around the world are evolving, track wayward balloons and more!

Don’t forget to add your favorite projects to your Dashboard to save for later, and keep checking back to find even more new projects on SciStarter!

Cheers,

The SciStarter Team

A photo of the rusty-red surface of Mars, from space.
Image credit: NASA
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter peers at the horizon of the Red Planet in infrared and visible light to measure the temperature, water-ice and dust content of Mars’ atmosphere.

From nearly the first day it sent data back to Earth, it found strange features at high altitudes: Clouds!

Help researchers identify Mars clouds in images from the Red Planet to learn about extraterrestrial atmospheres. What shapes will you see in these otherworldly clouds?

Location: Online

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An old document exhibiting different type faces.
Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Letters from languages around the world are constantly evolving, just like living creatures. How did they get that way, and how are the letters we use changing right now?

Online citizen science game Glyph asks players to classify and identify letters from all sorts of different languages to help researchers see how they evolve over time. Find out how you can get involved!

Location: Online

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The letters C.C. on a blue and green splat.
Image credit: Cancer Crusade
Doctor needed, stat! With the game Cancer Crusade, you’re playing to save lives.

Run simulations that put you in the role of a doctor from the future tasked with saving patients from even the toughest cancers.

The data from your simulations is sent back to real cancer researchers and used to improve therapies.

Location: Online

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multicolored balloons against a blue sky
Image credit: Esraa Gamal/Unsplash
The sight of a balloon flying free into the sky can be a sad one (especially if it was yours!) but those balloons also cause troubles when they come back down.

Balloon litter can harm wildlife, pollute the environment and more. Help out by documenting balloons wherever you go! Take a photo and upload it to Balloon Litter to show researchers where those lost balloons are landing.

Location: Global

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A dolphin on the water's surface, looking at the camera
Image Credit: Ben Michel/Unsplash
If you’re in Florida on the coast with a camera and spot a dolphin — you’re probably going to snap a photo. Researchers with Dolphin Spotter want to see it!

Your photos can be used to help biologists learn more about dolphin behavior. Citizen scientists can cover areas that traditional dolphin surveys don’t reach, adding new and valuable data about wild dolphins.

Location: Florida

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Beat the summer heat by taking a refreshing dip into an ocean of marine citizen science activities, including swimming with sharks, chatting with manatees and sleuthing out sea dragons. Projects featured in this podcast include: eShark, Wildbook for Whale Sharks and Manatee Chat!

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Have you had a chance to check out the free Foundations of Citizen Science online, self-guided training? Complete the training and you’ll score a badge that validates skills you practiced and which align with those used by LinkedIn, employers and schools.

More than 10,000 people have already completed the training and passed the final quiz and the vast majority said the training significantly increased their confidence in doing citizen science. And there’s an additional module on Data Literacy, and special trainings for librarians and higher-ed educators!

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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 Team

SciStarter Team

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!