I’m working on a biology multi-part question and need support to help me understand better.
Zooniverse www.zooniverse.org (Links to an external site.) is a website that compiles community/citizen science projects that you can participate in. Community science is the idea that non-technically trained people can contribute to the scientific endeavor by helping crowdsource time-consuming tasks. Often the tasks involve identifying or counting animals or plants in photos. Tutorials for doing the task correctly are included in the project information.
Your task is to pick a project and work on it for an hour, then report on the experience. Make sure to pick a project with a topic that relates to BIO (for example, not a history or anthropology project). Click on the BIOLOGY topics button and you will find a good one, but if you are not sure, ask me first!
What project did you pick and why? What turned you off about other projects that you screened or what attracted you to this one?
What was your task? How did you feel about doing the work? Did doing this work change your idea of what “science” is and how it is done?
Would you spend more time volunteering on a Zooniverse project and/or recommend the experience to a friend? Why or why not?