With summer break on the horizon, the question becomes what can I do with my kids that is entertaining and keeps their curiosity? The answer is citizen science.
This is where data collection and/or analysis is distributed to members of the public – kids, adults – collect the data. Or on rainy days, data, such as images of space, are made available to the public and you can be the scientist and analyze it. From a data perspective, citizen scientist information is useful for gathering observational data in many locations at the same time or for performing pattern analysis.
There are many projects:
If you want to stay local or are going on a trip you can still be a citizen scientist. The great news is these activities can be done anywhere by anyone so there is no reason for the kids to say “I’m bored” instead have them be a citizen scientist for a day, a week or for the summer.