ExoLab: Clover Crew Astrobotany - Magnitude.io

CLOVER: Collaborative Learning Opportunities & Visionary Experimental Research

A virtual middle school level science short course using ExoLab-8, a mission on the International Space Station.

Class Size: 15 students only
Subject/Course Level: Middle school
Instructor: Steve Jones
Start Date: 10/22/2020

Course Fee & Advanced Supply Kit: $199

About the Course

With a clover plant as the primary phenomenon, members of CLOVER Crew will conduct collaborative research and contribute to the ground trial protocols for the ExoLab-8 mission. This extracurricular club provides middle school students an opportunity to join a mission to the International Space Station by conducting a hands-on astrobotany investigation. In addition to a weekly live crew meeting, students will have access to the Magnitude.io platform for research and enrichment activities. Live class sessions will be held through Zoom. View the syllabus.


• Conduct real-world research with hands-on science

• Inquiry-based pedagogy, project-based learning

What is included…


Course Fee6 Sessions Program$150
Subscription to LMS during the courseFree
Advanced Supply KitSeed packs and tools$49

  Small class sizes, personalized to student needs and interests 

  Prepare for college, great for applications!

  Take as a homeschool science class or STEM extracurricular

  Integrates well with local learning pods

Steve Jones is a Principal Investigator with Magnitude.io. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Berea College, and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brenau University.  He has been in education for 17 years and has taught students from 3 years old up to 8th grade. He is currently teaching STEAM/Science Enrichment at Hopewell Middle School in Milton, GA.

Steve’s students have engaged in several project-based learning activities such as ExoLab-6, ExoLab-7, Leguminaut Challenge, Tomatosphere, & The Space Chile Pepper Challenge. In 2012 Steve was awarded the Teacher of the Year award for Abbotts Hill Elementary. In addition to inspiring kids in the classroom, he is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, bringing his love of science to the community through presentations at schools & libraries, and is certified by Johnson Space Center to obtain & use their Lunar Sample & Meteorite Sample Disks. 

Steve enjoyed presenting a session on using coding and droids in the classroom at the 2019 Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago. Steve is also a Scoutmaster for his son’s BSA troop where he is a merit badge counselor for Space Science and Astronomy, among others.

Session 1 dates:Thursdays at 6:00 pm Eastern

October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12, November 19, *TUESDAY November 24*

Session 2 dates: Mondays at 7:00 pm Eastern

November 9, November 16, November 23, November 30, December 7, December 14 

CLOVER Crew Mission Development: 

Week 1: Overview of the ExoLab-8 mission; Legume, rhizobia, and plant science basics; 

(Note that student kits must be received by the member prior to Week 2)

Week 2: Scientific inquiry and experimental design options for ExoLab research; Set up experiment ground trials. Begin collecting data. 

Week 3: Soil science, plant nutrients, and fertilizers; Continue collecting data from the experiment. Observations and collaboration. 

Week 4: Tropisms and plant research aboard the International Space Station; collect data from the experiment. Observations and collaboration.

Week 5: Growing plants on the Moon and Mars; create an infographic to present (possibly on Flipgrid) next week to display results. 

Week 6: Student presentations summarizing experiment results and conclusion. Recommendations for further research.

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