SciStarter Blog

SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through providing people access to more than 2,700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events. But more than just a project directory, SciStarter also offers a coordinated place to record contributions and access the tools and instruments needed to participate in citizen science projects. The SciStarter Blog is published by Science Connected.

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The Science of Making a Wild Sourdough Starter

Want to make sourdough starter? The Wild Sourdough Project can help you understand yeast and microbes while helping home bakers create delicious bread. SciStarter Blog By now, you’ve almost certainly heard the ...
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Building DIY Air Quality Monitors

Colombian citizen scientists built cheap air quality monitors and deployed them across their city. Now they’re teaching others to build them, too. SciStarter Blog CanAirIO is a low-cost air pollution ...
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Surfers: A surfer rides a wave against the industrial backdrop of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion/Courtesy of Surfrider)

Surfers Pick Up the Slack to Monitor Water

A massive network of surfers and citizen scientists is monitoring water quality and water contamination in places governments don't. SciStarter Blog By Colleen Henn and Mara Dias  In 1984, a ...
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Earth School

Earth School: Take a Nature Quest

Over 1.5 billion children can’t go to school right now. An online program hopes to help by offering dozens of science “quests.” SciStarter Blog Today, over 1.5 billion children are ...
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Black Birders: Deja Perkins, a graduate student using citizen science to research birds, is one of the organizers of Black Birders Week. (Credit: North Carolina State University)

Black Birders, Scientists Push for Equality

Black Birders Week helped show the world that Black scientists exist in the great outdoors. Now, participants hope to keep the conversation going. SciStarter Blog By Eric Betz Deja Perkins ...
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The Globe at Night project invites citizen scientists to record light pollution in their own community. (Credit: DMSP/NASA)

Light Pollution in Your Community

Can you see the night sky? How bad is light pollution in your community? Find out with the Globe at Night citizen science project. SciStarter Blog Nothing beats a beautifully ...
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supermassive black hole

Study Supermassive Black Holes with Citizen Science

Do you want to help astronomers study supermassive black holes? The Spiral Graph Project invites users to trace the shape of a spiral galaxy's arms. The SciStarter Blog By Eric ...
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Chasing Steve

Chasing Steve: A Mystery in the Night Sky

Literally chasing Steve, the Alberta Aurora Chasers are people across western Canada documenting a ribbon of purple and green light in the sky. By Jess Fraser for the SciStarter Blog ...
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