Citizen science projects, particularly those like Exoplanet Watch that lead from structured tasks to more open-ended exploration opportunities, give us all a chance to be immersed in the real practice of science. These projects give my students a taste of what doing science is all about. For example, one of my students found a small, unexpected wiggle on a graph that turned out to be a pulsating star. Another student, grappling with an ever-so-slight deviation between her measurements and her expectations, ended up pioneering a new measurement technique that permanently changed our approach to that type of project. Through citizen science, my students discover their alter-egos as "science detectives" who extract secrets I never would have imagined from cloudy skies, complicated data, and a deluge of numbers.