As more and more schools are shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are desperately casting about for temporary home schooling ideas. In order to keep your children up to date on science, I strongly encourage you to check out Zooniverse.org. It’s also a great place to go if you’re stuck at home and bored silly. I can’t think of a better source to get people of all ages interested in science than this people-powered research site.
Check out my previous blog post about this site for more details, but rest assured that even more scientific projects have been added to the site since then. Here are a few:
Help the University of Wyoming track and study racoons.
Help identify regions of the universe where stars are being born.
Track the life histories and criminal careers of Australian prisoners.
Listen for earthquakes.
Transcribe handwritten letters between 19th century anti-slavery activists.
Count, identify, and track giraffes in Northern Kenya.
Help characterize the surface of Mars.
Sometimes it takes a village to complete a science project. I’m getting excited just writing this post! Let’s take this opportunity to teach our children that science can be fun!