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Penn State Astrobiology Citizen Science Project

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Goal No Goal was listed but it’s probably amazing
Task No Task was listed but it’s probably doable
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Description

We want to study the biogeography of microorganisms by taking water samples from domestic water heaters. Participants will acquire a water sample from their kitchen tap and answer 20 questions. The process will take ~30 minutes. We are recruiting 2-3 households per state. By looking at the genetic differences from isolates of similar microbes from across the globe, researchers are currently trying to understand the degree to which populations of microbes are isolated and whether this isolation suggests an allopatric speciation model for prokaryotes. We are still looking for participants in: AL, AK, DE, DC, KS, KY, ME, MA, NH, NM, ND, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT.

How to Join
Website http://php.scripts.psu.edu/dept/psarc/index.php?page=citizen-science-project
Required Gear

All necessary equipment will be provided.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
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Project Updated 05/23/2018