Education isn't all about buying notebooks and sitting in stuffy classrooms. With a couple of hours of time a week and an Internet connection, anyone can make a substantial contribution to schooling about the universe, from Mars to M31. Members of the public have been published in academic journals and thanked in the media for their work -- and there also is the satisfaction of helping with science!
Read this slideshow for ways that you can involved. If we've missed anything, let us know in the comments below.
Back in 1999 -- the days when most houses were on dial-up -- the SETI@home project launched. The effort makes use of idle computer time to search for interesting signals that could be evidence of extraterrestrials. In more than 15 years of work, over three million people took part. No bogeys yet, but we all know that good science takes time. Here is how to participate.
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