ExoLab: Club Clover Astrobotany - Magnitude.io

CLOVER: Collaborative Learning Opportunities & Visionary Experimental Research

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

Class Size: 15 students only
Subject/Course Level: Biology/High school
Instructor: Lori Waters
Start Date: 10/12/2020

Course Fee & Advanced Supply Kit: $199

About the Course

With a clover plant as the primary phenomenon, members of Club CLOVER will conduct collaborative research and contribute to the ground trial protocols for the ExoLab-8 mission. This extracurricular club provides high 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 club meeting, students will have access to the Magnitude.io platform for research and enrichment activities. Live class sessions will be held through Google Meet. View the syllabus.


What is included…


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

✅   Conduct real-world research with hands-on science

✅   Small class sizes, personalized to student needs and interests 

✅   Inquiry-based pedagogy, project-based learning

✅   Taught by an award-winning AP Science teacher

✅   Prepare for college, great for applications!

✅   Take as a homeschool science class or STEM extracurricular

✅   Integrates well with local learning pods

Lori Waters is a Distance Learning Communications and Education Leader with Magnitude.io. As a co-investigator for the ExoLab legume-Rhizobia microgravity mission, she is actively engaged in scientific research and experimental design for the mission. In addition to mentoring teachers and developing content for the Magnitude Classroom, she is leading students in an inquiry-based course to conduct independent astrobotany research.

Waters is a current homeschool educator and former educator in charter and private schools as well as the Orlando Science Center. She has taught general education subjects, Earth and Space Science, Biology, and AP Environmental Science. Her students engaged in project-based learning with the Leguminaut Challenge, Tomatosphere, Space Chile Pepper Challenge, and Johnson Space Center Lunar and Meteorite sample disk program. In 2019, she received the Foundation Academy Principal’s Award for her innovative inquiry-based science instruction. Waters holds Florida Professional Educator Certification in four core subject areas. She is a graduate of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Academy for Educators and Space Center Houston’s Space University for Educators. Waters brings twenty years of experience to the Magnitude.io team across the fields of education, public relations, government relations, and space science.

She received her BA in Political Science from Furman University, MBA from the University of Phoenix, and Science Teaching Graduate Certificate from the University of Florida. She is currently enrolled in the University of North Dakota Space Studies Masters of Science program. In summer 2020, she completed a Teacher in Training internship with the NASA Ames GeneLab for High Schools program.


*Subject to changes and availability

Session 1 dates: Mondays at 6pm eastern

October 12, October 19, October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16

Session 2 dates: Tuesdays at 6pm eastern

November 3, November 10, November 17, November 24, December 1, December 8 

Club CLOVER 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: GMOs and omics, Growing plants on the Moon and Mars; Create an infographic to present next week to display results. 

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

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