Plenty of research has found that students tend to become more motivated when their work will be seen by other people in addition to the teacher (see Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience“).
I’ve previously written about these kinds of opportunities for Social Studies students (see The Best Sites Where Students Can Transcribe Historical Texts).
I’ve also published posts about “citizen science” sites, where students can perform scientific research that is “crowdsourced” and can be used by scientists around the world.
But I never put them together in a “Best” list and though it was time to do so, along with adding other citizen science tools that I hadn’t shared before.
Here they are (let me know what I’m missing):
SciStarter provides a database of more than 1500 vetted, searchable projects and events.
Citizen Science Projects is from National Geographic.
Find a project! is from SciGirls on PBS Kids.
From Smithsonian Magazine:
Globe at Night [is] a campaign to raise awareness about the negative effects of light pollution. Use the organization’s online tools to choose a constellation appropriate to your location, and make observations about which stars you can see. These data points will help Globe at Night understand how light pollution is impacting different places across the world.