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The Sciences

Top 10 Citizen Science Projects of 2016: From Microbes to Meteors

Citizen Science Salon iconCitizen Science SalonBy Jenny CutraroJanuary 6, 2017 9:19 AM


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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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Photo: LLNL

American Gut

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.

Get started!



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.

Get started!



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.

Get started!



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.

Get started!




Do you own a dog or work with them? If so, you can use this project to analyze a dog's behavior and personality.

Get started!



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!

Get started!



Digital Fishers

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.

Get started!



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.

Get started!



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.

Get started!


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.

Learn More!


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!

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