If your kids are home for the summer, either entirely or in amounts you didn’t previously anticipate, they might be looking for something to do. Or you may be looking for something for them to do.
That’s where citizen science projects can come into play. Citizen science, scientific research that allows anyone to participate and adheres to agreed-upon measurement protocols, helps to provide data for research projects that would likely be impossible without the help of, well, citizens, like you and your family. Participating in these efforts could help kids improve their science skills while contributing to efforts to maintain biodiversity, eradicate invasive species, or help the habitats of pollinators.
We’ve compiled some citizen projects and apps that you and your kids can participate in while staying at home this summer. You can do them at home