The "microbial playoffs" portion of the project is currently on hold, due to technical problems with equipment on the International Space Station. Any updates will be posted here ASAP.
-Collect/identify microbes to go to the ISS (DONE, See candidates here)
-Microbes will fly to the ISS and grow in microgravity (SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH at 3:25pm EST, April 18, 2014, EXPERIMENT HAS NOT TAKEN PLACE YET, PLATES STILL IN FREEZER ON ISS)
-Collect microbes from the ISS for analysis on earth (SWABS COLLECTED ON ISS, MAY 9th 2014, SWAB SAMPLES RETURNED TO EARTH MAY 18, 2014)
-Collect/analyze 3000 cell phone/shoe samples (ALL SAMPLES COLLECTED, ANALYSIS IN PROGRESS)
-Visualize cell phone/shoe data for public (EVENT MAP AVAILABLE, INTERACTIVE DATA VISUALIZATION TO FOLLOW)
-Generate educational materials for classrooms (Published March 2014)