How can you play a part in solving some of the biggest problems facing our planet? Enter citizen science, where volunteers help scientists collect data for their studies and experiments. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is curiosity and a willingness to help!
This summer, you can contribute to important scientific research at home by participating in one of GSUSA’s Girl Scouts Give Back citizen science projects. They’ve partnered with SciStarter, an online citizen science community, to help get you going! By becoming citizen scientists, Girl Scouts can help scientists solve some of the big problems facing our planet.
Here’s how your troop can make a difference:
- Choose either the Great Sunflower Project (for girls of all ages) or the Globe at Night project (for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors) to create an account for your troop on SciStarter.
- Read the project’s instructions on your SciStarter dashboard and gather the needed tools and materials.
- Collect data for the project using the recommended tools and materials, and log the data using your SciStarter dashboard.
- Inspire others to give back! Share your photos and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and here on the blog. Twitter and Instagram users should also use #GSColo and #GirlScoutsGiveBack.
- Don’t forget to add your project to be counted as participating in one of GSUSA’s national service projects.
- If you wish to recognize your participation with a patch, we recommend the Girl Scouts Give Back patch.
Want to learn more about citizen science? For a limited time only, you can download all activity instructions and the Take Action Guide for the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey for free from the Girl Scout Shop!
We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.