What is citizen science?

Citizen science has many names and definitions, but in general, it’s all about people getting involved in scientific data collection, analysis, or reporting. That means you!

What does citizen science look like?

  1. One person or many people working together to answer a question.
  2. Participants using the same methods to collect high-quality data.
Caren Cooper: Everybody Counts

Bringing citizen science into your classroom

The California Academy of Sciences created a Citizen Science Toolkit to help educators bring citizen science into their curriculum. It has lessons, readings, and worksheets and applicable NGSS standards as well as NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts.

Citizen Science Toolkit and All About Arsenic

The Citizen Science Toolkit provides excellent instruction on preparing students to participate in any citizen science project and the lessons provided can be used to give students greater ownership of the All About Arsenic project.

Video Resources

Crowd in the Cloud has four videos on different aspects of citizen science. We recommend Episode 2: Citizens and Scientists, which talks about testing drinking water.

Bringing youth into the equation

Starting your own project

Do you or your students want to collect data of your own? Try creating a project on Anecdata and start crowdsourcing information!