What Legume should we send to Space?
It’s spring, and time to grow some plants! You and your students can do this at home, and there is no cost for this design challenge. A computer and internet connection are helpful but are optional for your K-16 students. Easy lessons to track student progress can be completed in 1-2 weeks in a Distance Learning Environment.
What would you plant in your Martian garden? Could your research help feed the world?
Help us select the next research plant that is sent to the International Space Station in February 2021!
Legumes have an amazing relationship with a bacteria called Rhizobium. Through a symbiotic relationship, legumes and Rhizobia are a part of natural fertilizer through the fixation of nitrogen. If we were to plant a Martian garden, we will need a rich source of fertilizer. How do living things behave in microgravity, or on other worlds?
The knowledge gained is just not for Mars or the Moon, it’s to help us right here on Earth too.
You can help research the best plant to feed people all over the world! The United Nations has Sustainable Development Goals. This investigation is focused on three of them: Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, and Quality Education. Join schools from Canada, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, the United States as we begin this unique investigation.
This Phase I of the Leguminaut Challenge has a live YouTube session every Friday with amazing guest speakers. Optional lesson plans and assignments for the Challenge are available at no cost. In July, we will begin Phase II – extending the challenge to help us find the best method to grow nitrogen-fixing nodules on these plants. Phase III in the fall will have teachers and students working with ExoLab directly as they prepare for their mission.
Tell your colleagues about this expanded FREE mission that begins on the first day of Spring, with Phase I ending on June 12, 2020. Submissions to support your favorite legume are accepted in any media and format. Younger students may draw or write something in support of their choice, while older students will have an opportunity to support their choice through research.
Whether you would like an exciting project to wrap up the school year, or create an amazing experience for your students next school year, we invite you to join us.
It’s a new world. Come join us!
Choose your Path…
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|Platform Access (Connected to the ISS Live)||X|
|Time Commitment||1-2 weeks||1 year|
|Live Weekly Conference||X||X|
|Professional Development (Summer 2020 - 1 week)||X|
|Launch Watch Party: ExoLab-8 • Feb 2021||X|
|Post Analysis: RNA Sequencing||X|
|ExoLab-8 Completion Certificate||X|
|ExoLab-8 Flight Patch||X|
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