Cozy up to these indoor activities that actually help advance research

Hundreds of activities listed on SciStarter are designed for you to participate right from home.

That’s right…you can help advance scientific research in your PJs if you want. It’s perfect now that cold weather is approaching for many of us!

Here are five projects to get you started.


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Image credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Jeremy Schnittman

Telescopes worldwide continually capture images of space, occasionally spotting something new. Astronomers can’t sort through all this data themselves, so they’re asking for your help.

Click through online images of the universe to spot events like a black hole or neutron star collision. No prior experience is needed.

Location: Online

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Image credit: Scribes of the Cairo Geniza

Get a glimpse into the daily life of ancient Egypt with first-hand records from an ancient storeroom in Cairo.

By helping to classify and transcribe Hebrew and Arabic text in online images of scrolls you’ll be advancing research into Egyptian society and culture, while exploring another culture yourself. (You don’t need to know Hebrew or Arabic to participate!)

Learn more about this project on the SciStarter blog.

Location: Online

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Image credit: Project Sidewalk

Presented by: The Makeability Lab at the University of Washington

Project Sidewalk is an online project that allows anyone with a web browser and internet connection to contribute sidewalk accessibility information using Google Street View.

Browse images online and “tag” access issues you spot. Your observations can be used by city governments to prioritize certain places for sidewalk upgrades or repairs.

Learn more about Project Sidewalk on SciStarter LIVE!

Location: Online

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Presented by: Universitat de Barcelona

Can a video game help teach critical thinking and science literacy skills? You can be the beta tester and find out!

This game doubles as a project exploring how video games can shape our thinking. Help Julia navigate friends, family and a global pandemic while also contributing to science.

Location: Online

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Image credit: ©August Davidson-Onsgard/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab

Presented by: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Zooniverse

Tree swallows are in serious decline and understanding their nesting patterns is one key to helping to bring these charismatic birds back.

Swoop in and help discover the historical nesting patterns of these acrobatic aerialists by transcribing information on photos of hand-written nest records.

Location: Online

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WILD HOPE is a new series of short films highlighting the intrepid changemakers who are working to restore and protect our planet. Each half-hour episode inspires audiences with stories of bold interventions, unexpected alliances and nature’s resilience.

WILD HOPE is partnering with SciStarter to give viewers opportunities to act on the issues they’re learning about through citizen science. As you watch the series, explore projects that align with the topics featured in each episode on our new WILD HOPE microsite on SciStarter.

Start Watching (and Doing)!

SciStarter LIVE!

Join the SciStarter team Tuesdays from 2-3PM ET to hear from project leaders, get tips on participating and learn about the impact of contributing to volunteer-powered science. Join in from anywhere via Zoom or watch the live stream on SciStarter’s Facebook page.

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December 5: Encore of SciStarter LIVE #15: The Essential 2022 Citizen Science Gift Guide

Looking for holiday gift ideas for your science-curious friends and family? Last December, we featured the season’s must-have gifts for the citizen scientist in your life on SciStarter LIVE. Our loved ones loved getting these gifts! Watch on YouTube.

December 12: Top Projects of 2023

Results are in! We’re celebrating 2023’s five most active projects among SciStarter members: Stall Catchers, CoCoRaHS, iNaturalist, Backyard Worlds: Cool Neighbors and Eterna! Join use virtually to learn about these popular projects, meet project volunteers and find out how to get involved.

December 19: Encore of SciStarter LIVE #18: How Satellites Track Santa (and Do Science)

Santa Claus is coming to town, and NORAD is tracking him. Watch a special edition of SciStarter LIVE as we discuss satellites and citizen science with experts from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and NASA. Watch on YouTube.

New Episode: Learn How You Can Help Medical Researchers!

By donating just a little bit of your time (and maybe some saliva and/or blood), you can make a meaningful contribution to medical research!

In this episode of our podcast, you’ll learn about three participatory research programs that need your help.

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Science Near Me

What’s happening near you today? With Science Near Me, find a broad range of local and virtual science-related discussions, festivals, policy forums and events. Discover activities to do at home, online, star parties with local astronomy clubs, science nights at nearby bars and much more!

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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 ( 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!