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Crowd the Tap


Help create a national inventory of water pipe material as a first step toward safe drinking water. Discover and share which materials were used to make your water pipes and help scientists prioritize areas for water testing.

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I See Change


Investigate how local weather and climate changes are impacting your community and the world. Connect to tools that personalize, measure, and track changes in our climate, and investigate bigger-picture climate trends. 

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Stall Catchers


Play an online game to help scientists speed up Alzheimer’s research. View brief, online videos of mice brains and click to rate blood vessels as “flowing” or “stalled.” 

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Debris Tracker


Report litter near you with an easy-to-use app. Share locations, categorize items, and add photos to help researchers find solutions to debris that inevitably pollutes coastlines and waterways. 

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What is Citizen Science Month?

As we face global challenges, we may want to find local ways to make a difference in protecting endangered species, safeguarding water sources, preventing disease, or accelerating medical research. Science needs more eyes, ears and perspectives than any scientist possesses. Enter citizen science: a collaboration between scientists and those of us who are just curious or concerned and motivated to make a difference.

Citizen science is an invitation to everyone to participate in real science--on topics they care about--following protocols for data collection, analysis, and reporting. Citizen science can be fun, but it is also serious science that accelerates research.

Citizen science is for everyone, and your community can become a hub for citizen science.

How To Videos for Citizen Scientists

Did you know that you can advance scientific research from your home, favorite park, at the beach, at school....anywhere in the world? Scientists need your help to address global and local questions. Citizen Science is Serious Science (and it can be fun). SciStarter will help you get started.

Here are some videos to help you learn how to become a citizen scientist. Find thousands of projects in need of your help on SciStarter!