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Citizen Science

Citizen Science is a way for regular people to help real scientists! Check out one of the kits below to conduct an experiment, then share your findings on SciStarter to contribute to real-world scientific research projects.

Kits can be found in the Youth Services department or in the catalog and can be checked out by patrons of all ages. 

View Kits in Catalog

Exploring Biodiversity
Observe the plants and animals who live outside your home, then share your data with scientists who are working to better understand and protect nature.

Included in Kit:
Clip-on Lens for a Smartphone or Camera to Capture Wildlife Up Close
Community Field Journal
Other Materials
Measuring Light in the Night
Gather light pollution data to help Globe at Night, an international citizen science project that helps scientists understand the impact of light pollution.

Included in Kit:
Sky Quality Meter
Red LED Flashlight
Monitoring Air Quality
Collect important data about the quality of our air, then upload to an online map for everyone to see.

Included in Kit:
Air Quality Monitor
Data Notebook
Other Materials
Observing Pollinators
Identify and count the pollinators (ants, bats, bees, birds, butterflies, and more) you see outside your home, then log the data online to help scientists who are working to protect these animals who are critical to the world’s food supply.

Included in Kit:
Wildflower Identification Guide
Field Notebook
Other Materials

This award is supported by funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health under cooperative agreement number 3UG4LM012342-05S1 at the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.