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Best Citizen Science Apps and Sites for Students

Students can make thousands of fascinating observations just by roaming around in nature or doing experiments with everyday items. These websites and apps seed ideas for fun, safe experiments and encourage students to actually try them.

Sid's Science Fair Publisher: PBS KIDS
Good interactive way for young kids to learn and practice science
Grades Pre-K-K
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Fire phone
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Discover Science Visit Website: http://www.calacademy.org/science/
Bring the California Academy of Sciences into your classroom
Grades K-10
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Journey North Visit Website: http://www.learner.org/jnorth/
Long-standing citizen science site continues to inspire learners
Grades 1-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Project Squirrel Visit Website: http://www.projectsquirrel.org/
Solid citizen-science site with good extension projects
Grades 1-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island Publisher: Cognitive Kid, Inc.
Wonderfully engaging eco-sim lets kids become pollution fighters
Grades 2-4
Type App
Price $1.99 (intro price, $4.99 regular price)
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Bill Nye The Science Guy Publisher: Disney
Cool app lets kids blast off, bubble, and dig into science concepts
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price Free
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
Zooniverse Visit Website: https://www.zooniverse.org/
Real research powered by volunteers makes classroom content relevant
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Citizen Science Publisher: GLS Studios
Comical narrative game shows intersection of ecology and social issues
Grades 4-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Project Noah Visit Website: http://www.projectnoah.org/
Engaging online community for relevant, hands-on science fieldwork
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Project Noah Publisher: Networked Organisms
Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide
Grades 4-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Galaxy Zoo Visit Website: http://www.galaxyzoo.org/
Citizen science site involves, inspires budding astronomers
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
iNaturalist Visit Website: http://www.inaturalist.org/
Global citizen-science community for real-world research
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Mars Student Imaging Project Visit Website: http://mars.nasa.gov/msip/
Take science research out of this world with NASA's Mars project
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated