Make a Difference in the World as a Citizen Scientist

“Scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions.” – Oxford English Dictionary

The 2016 TED prize winner, Sarah Parcak, used the award money to fund her citizen science project, This online platform protects and preserves ancient sites by encouraging people to work with archaeologists to analyze satellite images and identify possible looting. This is all done online. Globalxplorer is just one of thousands of citizen science projects needing volunteers to volunteer a small amount of time, in some cases minutes, to helping them advance their understanding and knowledge of complex problems. Citizen science projects span a range of subjects and aren’t only about science. Some are about language, dictionaries, human behavior, artificial intelligence, psychology, nature, and more. Students achieve reading, writing, and digital research standards and see their learning make a real impact on the world.

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