“There will always be more unknown than known, more rocks waiting to be overturned.” To be a part-time scientist, you only need a cell phone and the Field Guide to Citizen Science.
SciStarter.org is an online database of more than 1,600 science projects that need help from regular people just like you. But where to start? The dashboard will suggest projects based on your location and interests.
However, if you want a quick start, read the Field Guide to Citizen Science. Projects selected for their popularity, longevity, and diversity are listed within the book in chapters highlighting where they are done (online, at home or in nature). Playing an online game may help cure Alzheimer’s or make you a coauthor of a scientific paper. Each project has a page or two listing the location, website, goal, task, outcomes, and why the authors selected this project.
If you are interested in science, or want to encourage your child to be interested in it, this book is an easy way to see the great variety of citizen science projects that are available. It only takes a minute to sign up. I know because I already became part of the Stall Catchers project that helps find a cure for Alzheimer’s. 4.5 stars!
Thanks to Timber Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.