Top 10 Projects of 2016
Happy New Year!
Looking for opportunities to make the world a better place this year? Start with these popular projects, which had the most traffic on SciStarter in 2016.
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The SciStarter Team
There are trillions of microbes living naturally on and in our bodies. If you're in the US, you can help study the impact they have on our health by submitting a sample from your skin, mouth, or gut.
American Meteor Society
When you're looking up at the night sky and see a meteor, report it to the American Meteor Society. Observations can be submitted with a smartphone app or from your computer.
Autoimmune Citizen Science
If you have an autoimmune disease, you can track your condition with a mobile phone app. The information from all users will be combined to explore what treatments are most effective.
Cat Tracker Personality Study
If you're a cat owner, this is the project for you! Take a 25 minute survey on your cat's behaviors to gain insight into its personality.
Do you own a dog or work with them? If so, you can use this project to analyze a dog's behavior and personality.
Community Air Quality Monitoring
Communities in the UK can get resources that empower them to monitor their air quality with this program. If you're worried about the air that you're breathing, check it out!
There's much we still don't know about ocean ecosystems. You can contribute to our knowledge base by identifying animals in short video clips online.
Photo: Berkeley Lab
RNA translates DNA into genetic information. In this project, you play a game to design synthetic RNAs, which can have a tremendous impact on medical science.
The Lost Ladybug Project
Many native ladybug species in North America are in decline. Help study and protect these tiny critters by reporting any sightings, along with a photo, to this project.
Photo: Cancer Research UK
Play to Cure: Genes in Space
Cancer is often linked to genetics, and this project analyzed genetic data by asking volunteers to play a space flight game embedded with the data! It's now closed, but the Genes in Space participants have made important contributions to medical science.
New citizen science book!
Dr. Caren Cooper, SciStarter's director of research partnerships, just published "Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery." Get a copy then start your citizen science journey!