Take a break from online shopping and sharpen that brain by contributing a few minutes to science. Below, our editors present six projects in need of your help.
(And really, you know you're going to abandon that online shopping cart, anyway!)
The SciStarter Team
Some people seem to age faster than others. You can add to our knowledge of aging by guessing how old people are, based on their photos, or uploading your own images to be put to the test.
To preserve important historical texts, documents are scanned and then made available to you for online transcription. This project uses gaming to make the task fun and to establish consensus transcriptions.
Classify online images from cameras placed across North America. Examine the photos for the presence of phenology cues like blooming flowers, changing leaves and other life-cycle changes to help track seasonal change over time.
Photo: Citizen Sort
Step into the role of an online adventurer exploring an island where you will help identify plants and animals for a real research project!
Cybersecurity is a huge deal these days, and this program will teach you to protect your identity and prevent cyber attacks. It's great for both kids and adults and offers resources for educators.
Photo: Volunteer Science
Play alone or be matched with people from around the world as you interact with 2-5 minute-long online games. In the process, you'll advance research about decision-making, personality traits and more.