The SciStarter Blog

The SciStarter Blog is published by Science Connected. Together, we are driving citizen science participation and public scientific literacy.

The SciStarter Blog, published by Science Connected

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 weekly by Science Connected.

Citizen Scientists Study Phytoplankton in Antarctica

Travelers with FjordPhyto sample phytoplankton in Antarctica, helping scientists learn how this fertile ocean region is changing. By Allison Cusick and Verena Meraldi Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are ...
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April Is Citizen Science Month!

Citizen Science Month on the SciStarter Blog features projects and events to all month long during April. Here's how to get involved! The SciStarter Blog The year’s biggest citizen science ...

Let’s talk about trees!

The Girl Scouts and SciStarter have teamed up to put the spotlight on trees in these citizen science projects. The SciStarter Blog The Girl Scouts have teamed up with SciStarter ...
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Play in the snow … for science!

These five citizen science projects call on you to observe your local weather and bodies of water, snow or no! The SciStarter Blog Winter weather offers many unique ways to ...
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Indoorsy Citizen Science Projects

It's cold outside! Stay in with some fun citizen science projects you can do from your living room. The SciStarter Blog Even if cold, cloudy weather has you avoiding the ...
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Fungi Bioblitz Follow-Up

Did you participate in the largest ever fungi bioblitz? Read about the citizen science push cataloging fungi diversity in North America! The SciStarter Blog This fall, between September 15 and ...
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Save Animals by Tracking Roadkill

Most roadkill goes unreported, meaning governments and scientists don't have the data needed to prevent it. You can help change that! The SciStarter Blog In the United States, it is ...
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Girl Scouts: Citizen Scientists

The Girl Scouts have made trees a big part of their citizen science efforts. Read on for ways you can participate—scout or not! The SciStarter Blog It’s officially fall—let’s talk ...

Citizen Science Connections

Science Connected is volunteer-powered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with offices in San Francisco, California. We are a global group of scientists and science communicators who foster widespread science literacy, education, and communication. We are dedicated to increasing public understanding of science and creating free and equal access to science education. We define education in its broadest sense and believe it is the key to making informed choices, being successful members of society, and acting as responsible stewards of the planet.

Our mission is to increase scientific literacy in underserved communities and the greater public by connecting people with the latest scientific research, translating science into accessible language, and debunking pseudoscience with real research findings. 

Citizen science is an effective partnership between scientists and nonscientists that, when done well, offers benefits to the participants and beyond. In addition to the SciStarter Blog, we have several free resources for you to learn more about citizen science and get involved in projects.