Five A+ projects for your classroom or living room

As another school year starts, dare we say that learning is in the air? To help jump back into school, we’ve highlighted five teacher- and student-tested projects, below.


And don’t forget, there are hundreds of projects with classroom materials to choose from on SciStarter, and a free Foundations of Citizen Science training to introduce citizen science to your learners. And our Education page has gold-star projects organized by grade level, from pre-K to college.


You can turn any place into a home, classroom, or campus citizen science learning lab!


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Sourdough for science
Credit: Adam Bartoszewicz/Unsplash
Help solve the mystery of bread by comparing the growth of microbes in different types of flour. You’ll learn how those microbes contribute to the taste and texture of bread, while showing scientists more about these helpful microbes.



Location: Global

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Submit geo-tagged sightings of real-world creatures in your local area and compete with other players in Questagame.


You can join quests, earn gold, compete against other players and more. Your sightings are geo-tagged with location, date and time, meaning all the data scientists need is right there for them to see.


If you’re looking for more outdoors fun, check out the Great North American FungiQuest, the largest-ever fungi bioblitz, starting September 15! You can participate using Questagame.


Location: Global

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Monkey Health Explorer
Credit: Lauren Brent

How do genes affect health in monkeys? Help answer that question with Monkey Health Explorer, a citizen science project anyone can do from home.

Look at slides of blood samples from rhesus macaques to find and identify different cell types, which tells researchers how healthy the monkeys are.

Location: Online

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Credit: Eterna
Become an RNA explorer with Eterna. Contributors solve puzzles to design specialized RNA-based medicines, working together with scientists to better understand how RNA works.


You can also join their ongoing Open Ribosome project to help reengineer the E. coli ribosome for laboratory use while learning about ribosome structure and function.



Location: Online
Best for grades 9-12 and college

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Crowd the Tap
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Help ensure safe drinking water in the U.S. by adding your home to a national inventory of water pipe materials.


That inventory is a key part of national efforts to prioritize infrastructure replacement and water testing in areas with poor drinking water. Add your data to help it happen!


Location: Global

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Join us LIVE Tuesday, September 13 at 2 pm ET

Let’s play a game to aid science. We’ll dive into how solving puzzles with citizen science project Eterna can help fight diseases. This event is ideal for educators and students in grades 9-12.

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This month we’re heading back to school to see how teachers and even college professors are making citizen science a part of their classroom instruction.

Featuring Seek by iNaturalist, Journey North, Project Squirrel and more.

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Events and Opportunities:

Gardening with Native Plants Series: Wildscaping 101 – Native Plants for Birds

September 25

Join the Colorado Native Plant Society for an engaging webinar on ways to diversify the birds found within your neighborhood or your own backyard using a variety of native plants in Colorado.

Join online!

Great North American Fungi Quest

September 15 – October 15

Join this BioBlitz to get out and discover, photograph and identify all fungi and friends, including mushrooms, slime molds and lichen. The data will be collected into one continental fungi map.

Join the Bioblitz now!

New on the blogs:

The Largest-Ever Fungi Bioblitz Is Here

Let’s Do Some Doggone Science With Your Pup!

Gaming for Science: How Video Games Are Making Research Fun

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 ( 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 to find Affiliate projects eligible for credit in your dashboard). Together, we can move the world forward!