Citizen ScienceYou love your technology and all it can do but sometimes you feel as if you are in a tech rut.

Another round of surfing for stuff that sounds interesting?

More time on Facebook? (How many posts can you read?)

Need a meaningful project to do with your children or grandchildren?

Then it is time to expand your creative horizons and BoomerTECH Adventures will show you how.

Have you heard about citizen science projects?

Citizen science is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. The growing field of public participation in scientific research includes citizen science, volunteer monitoring, and other forms of organized research in which members of the public engage in the process of scientific investigations—asking questions, collecting data, and/or interpreting results.

In short, many opportunities exist for people of any age to participate in and contribute to both local, national, or international research. From water monitoring on a nearby lake to counting birds for an international study to solving puzzles and playing games.

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If this sounds like something you would like to do read this article in Inverse where author Jacqueline Ronson reports on  The 5 Best Citizen Science Experiments (and Then Some). This is a great introduction to the possibilities of citizen science and how you might get involved.

In her article Ronson talks about such diverse projects as The Great Backyard Bird Count where over 100,000 people worldwide participated by watching, identifying, and counting birds. “The annual survey provides biologists with the most comprehensive data about where avian species are present or absent, and about their changing demographic patterns.”

Another interesting project is Asteroid Zoo where volunteers look through images of the night sky searching for moving dots of light that may indicate the presence of an asteroid.

Snapshot Serengeti takes you to Africa where you’ll be presented with images taken by motion-triggered cameras in Tanzania and asked to find and identify any animals that appear in them. Other similar projects include counting penguins in Antarctica, watching chimps hang out in Central Africa, and classifying bats by sounds and sight around the world.

A great introduction to citizen science projects.

Like what you see so far? Then dig deeper into the following lists of projects. More explanation of citizen science, how you can get involved, and what exactly you need to do to make it happen. These five sites feature hundreds of projects that will certainly speak to one of your interests.

Citizen science projects

Scientific American

National Geographic

Zooniverse

Wikipedia

SciStarter

One more time

This is a great chance to use your talents and your technology to do something meaningful and help others at the same time..

Go for it…