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Explore one of the least scientifically studied places on the planet: your home!

Our editors picked these five projects to help you and scientists learn more about indoor air quality, microbes, tap water pipes, and living things lurking in your home!

Find more projects you can do at home here.

Cheers, The SciStarter Team


Never Home Alone: The Wild Life of Our Homes

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(Credit: Matt Bertone/Never Home Alone)

Document the arthropods in and around your home and help make discoveries about the biodiversity indoors.

Location: Global

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Crowd the Tap

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Do you know what kind of pipes your drinking water flows through? Just using a penny and a magnet, you can contribute to a national inventory of tap water pipes as a first step towards safe drinking water.

Location: United States

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AirVisual: The Air Pollution Monitoring Project

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Use an air quality sensor (IQ Air) to learn more about your indoor air quality. Note: this project requires a purchase of the sensor.

Location: Global

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Drug Discovery from Your Soil

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Learn how to collect and send your soil samples to scientists at the University of Oklahoma where microbes will be analyzed for potential use in lifesaving drugs!

Location: United States

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Sourdough for Science

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Have you ever wondered how microbes in your home, combined with different flour types, affect bread? No? Well scientists at NC State University have and they’d like your help in solving this mystery. Mix flour and water and take a series of measurements as directed.

Location: United States

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Upcoming Webinar: June 10

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SciStarter Education is an EdTech platform with science participation + engagement as its key goal (with supplementary curriculum) for districts and universities. Join this upcoming webinar presented by the Citizen Science Association, to learn more about our newest product!

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SciStarter Education

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Did you miss the Online Learning Consortium webinar about the new SciStarter Education EdTech portal? Well, now you can watch it here: Citizen Science: Advance Real Research & Enhance Science Learning in the Classroom.

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Year in Citizen Science: June Calendar

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SciStarter provides a free, public Google calendar of holidays (like Hug Your Cat Day) linked to relevant citizen science projects and events. Learn more and download the printable June calendar here.

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


New on our syndicated blogs:

Changing Methods of Science Communication Online via Science Connected Magazine

Uncovering Connections Across Citizen Science Projects: A Social Network Analysis via Discover Magazine

Turning Passion into Protection: Citizen Science at the Beach with the Surfrider Foundation via the SciStarter blog

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