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The Sciences

Five ways to integrate citizen science into your New Year's Resolutions

Citizen Science Salon iconCitizen Science SalonBy lshellDecember 30, 2018 3:53 AM


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Happy New Year! We resolve to make it easier than ever for you to discover and engage in research that needs you. Here are simple ways to integrate citizen science into your own resolutions.


The SciStarter Team


Resolution 1: Bake

From the creators of the global Sourdough Project, wherein 500 people sent in sourdough starters from all over the world, we have New Year, New Bread.Share your sourdough successes with others and help scientists learn how breads baked from different sourdough starters can vary using a common recipe.

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Location: Global


Resolution 2: Observe a Tree

The project A Tree's Life keeps tabs on Red Maple trees as they grow throughout the years. Using a provided dendrometer, you can observe the growth of a tree in your own yard to learn how climate and urbanization affect tree growth and health.

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Location: North America


Resolution 3: Exercise

Join Infinome to discover the connection between nature and nurture related to your own fitness and health. Connect 23andMe to your fitness tracker with this project.

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Location: Global


Resolution 4: Take More Pictures

Document changes in landscape and wildlife habitats, impacts of drought, flood and fire, with Field Photo Library. You're not just capturing a beautiful image of a landscape; you're recording important environmental data.

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Location: Global


Resolution 5: Read More

If you can read this blurb, you can help move biomedical research forward. The citizen science project Mark2Cure asks participants to read scientific texts and identify key terms and relationships. This allows researchers to more accurately find the articles they need to support their research.

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Location: Global

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 3000+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there's something for everyone!

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