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.

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California Academy of Sciences

Expert research and diverse, rich lessons inspire future scientists

Bottom Line: A perfect companion to (or substitute for) the Academy, this site delivers highly interactive resources and research with a lot of depth.

Journey North

Long-standing citizen science site continues to inspire learners

Bottom Line: Extensive resources can help kids collect, share, and analyze evidence about seasonal change.

Project Squirrel

Solid citizen-science site with good extension projects

Bottom Line: This online, collaborative science project is a solid resource for making data collection relevant to kids.

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island

Wonderfully engaging eco-sim lets kids become pollution fighters

Bottom Line: Kids learn about pollution and what to do about it on this eco-friendly game.

Bill Nye The Science Guy

Cool app lets kids blast off, bubble, and dig into science concepts

Bottom Line: Absorbing, info-rich app uses videos, DIY experiments, and so much more to get kids interested in science.


Real research powered by volunteers makes classroom content relevant

Bottom Line: Engage in meaningful, relevant research with citizen scientists from around the world.

Citizen Science

Comical narrative game shows intersection of ecology and social issues

Bottom Line: A polished introduction to the interaction between science and politics that's a bit linear but gets students gathering and using evidence.

Project Noah

Engaging online community for relevant, hands-on science fieldwork

Bottom Line: Project Noah is a free and easy way to take part in biodiversity research with the support of a knowledgeable and global community.

Project Noah

Contribute kid research to stellar crowdsourced field guide

Bottom Line: An outstanding resource that makes science relevant with lots of classroom potential.

Galaxy Zoo

Citizen science site involves, inspires budding astronomers

Bottom Line: Classifying, comparing, and analyzing galactic data with this great, free tool can be influential to kids' involvement with science.


Global citizen-science community for real-world research

Bottom Line: Teens can do hands-on nature research, but in a limited way.

Mars Student Imaging Project

Take science research out of this world with NASA's Mars project

Bottom Line: One of the best authentic inquiry space experiences out there: Use this tool to grow the next generation of researchers in your classroom.

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