Are you curious about how our world works? Are you motivated to make a difference? You can be the eyes and ears for researchers by becoming a citizen scientist.
Researchers like those at the National Institutes of Health create a project, and then they give citizen scientists—or members of the public—steps to gather and share data. For example, researchers may want to track flu outbreaks and ask people to share their symptoms (without personal information or data).
The National Library of Medicine has a tutorial in English and Spanish where you can learn more about citizen science and how you can get started. There is no minimum age requirement, as kids under 13 can participate with an adult.