ExoLab on ISS
ExoLab is an experimental platform that brings together classrooms and the International Space Station in a collaborative investigation of the effects of microgravity on living things. Designed with curriculum for 6th – 8th grade based on the Next Generation Science Standards, ExoLab is a plant biology investigation with Arabidopsis thaliana, a model plant organism used in many science investigations with a fully mapped genome.
(1) ExoLab Growth Chamber
(2) Subscription to nutrients and A. thaliana Ler-1 seeds
(3) 1-year classroom subscription to the learning management platform with lessons mapped to NGSS
(4) Access to the live orbital experiment on ISS
ExoLab is an experimental platform that brings together classrooms and the International Space Station in a collaborative investigation of the effects of microgravity on living things. Designed with curriculum for 6th – 8th grade based on the Next Generation Science Standards, ExoLab is a plant biology investigation with Arabidopsis thaliana, a model plant organism used in many scientific investigations with a fully mapped genome.
Students will grow their own A. thaliana in the specialized classroom growth chamber simultaneously with a plant growing aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Students will compare the various environmental conditions, including the effect of microgravity on the growth of this plant and living things in general.
For the 2017-18 school year, the program includes access to our online Professional Development and Learning Community. Educator’s access is planned to begin in October 2017 with the OA-8 launch to resupply the ISS.
- ExoLab Growth Chamber
- Subscription to nutrients and A. thaliana Ler-1 seeds
- 1-year classroom subscription to the learning management platform with lessons mapped to NGSS
- Access to the live orbital experiment on ISS
How does gravity, or the lack of it affect living things and/or materials? ExoLab is a series of experiments that will run in classrooms concurrently with sister experiments aboard the International Space Station.
The International Space Station (ISS) is Earth’s largest artificial satellite. Larger than a football field and weighing more than 450 tons, the ISS is home to the only US National Laboratory not on Earth.
Experiments aboard the ISS are difficult to design and expensive to build. Working with our partner Space Tango, Magnitude brings access to experiments to many schools so that they may share the experience at a very affordable price.
Built on the Raspberry Pi 3rd generation microcontroller, ExoLab is a networked plant growth chamber that links your classroom experiment with other schools and the International Space Station over an 8-week period.
Features of the ExoLab:
- Raspberry Pi 1 Model A+
- 16 GB Micro SD card with Raspbian OS installed
- Lux Sensor
- Temperature and Humidity Sensor
- CO2 Sensor
- LED diffused light array
- Passive cooling system
- Networked with the Magnitude.io Learning Platform
Nutrients and A. thaliana Ler-1 seeds
- 1-year subscription includes up to 3 packs
- Sterilized and stratified Arabidopsis thaliana Ler-1 seeds.
- Basal salt mixture containing micro and macro elements with vitamins as described by Murashige and Skoog (1969).
- MES buffer to inhibit acidification.
- Phytagel – agar substitute containing glucuronic acid, rhamnose, and glucose.
- Plant Preservative Mixture – isothiazolinones to control bacterial or fungal colonization
Classroom Subscription includes:
- Access to the Magnitude.io Learning Platform with 1 teacher and up to 100 students
- Online lessons based on the Next Generation Science Standards
- Online formative assessments directly embedded in each lesson
- Easy tracking of student activity and grading
- Compatible with Chromebooks, Windows, and Mac.
“The spark that this program provided for the 5th graders was amazing… such an important catalyst for our young scientists! Magnitude staff went out of their way to make the experience appropriate for my younger class!! LOVED IT!”
Diana Torres, Teacher at Julia Morgan Elementary School in Lodi Unified School District
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