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EXOlab on ISS

$1,500.00

This item will be released on June 1, 2017.

The first experiment is a plant biology investigation with Arabidopsis thaliana, a mustard plant used in many science investigations with a genome that is fully mapped. Students will grow their own A. thaliana in a specialized classroom growth chamber concurrent with a plant growing aboard the ISS. Students will compare and contrast various environmental conditions and the effects of gravity on living things.

The experiment start date is planned to begin in October 2017. Professional development dates for teachers are being planned in late spring, summer, and autumn before school begins.

(1) Classroom ExoLab 
(2) A 1 year subscription to seed/gel packs 
(3) A 1 year classroom subscription
(4) Access to the International Space Station experiment. 

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Product Description

 

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting limited reservations for the 2017 EXOlab program aboard the ISS.

The first experiment is a plant biology investigation with Arabidopsis thaliana, a mustard plant used in many science investigations with a genome that is fully mapped.

Designed with curriculum for 6th – 12th grade based on the new Next Generation Science Standards, students will grow their own A. thaliana in a specialized classroom growth chamber concurrent with a plant growing aboard the ISS. With live data coming from the station, students will compare and contrast various environmental conditions and the effects of gravity on living things.

The experiment start date is planned to begin in October 2017. Professional development dates for teachers are being planned in late spring, summer, and autumn before school begins.

The first experiments are sold out for this spring. Reserve space early for your class now.


Introductory pricing is $1500. This includes:

Classroom ExoLab 
1 year subscription to seed/gel packs 
A 1 year classroom subscription
Access to the International Space Station experiment. 
 

 

 

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 beginning in Spring 2017.

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.

The first experiment is a plant biology investigation with Arabidopsis thaliana, a mustard plant used in many science investigations with a genome that is fully mapped. Students will grow their own A. thaliana in a specialized classroom growth chamber concurrent with a plant growing aboard the ISS. Students will compare and contrast various environmental conditions and the effects of gravity on living things. Future experiments planned include studies in entomology, crystallography, and material sciences.

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 3 Model B:

  • 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
  • 802.11n Wireless LAN
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Micro SD card with Raspbian OS installed
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • Dual cameras
  • Lux Sensor
  • Temperature and Humidity Sensor
  • CO2 Sensor
  • LED diffused light array
  • Passive cooling system
  • Networked with the Magnitude.io Learning Platform

Seed/Gel Packs are pre-mixed gel cylinders with:

  • 1-year subscription includes up to 3 packs
  • Sterilized and stratified Arabidopsis thaliana 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 200 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.

 

 

Lesson TitleNGSS 
Explore the EXO Lab Growth ChamberK-2-ETS1-1Engineering Design
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Baseline conditions for plant growth on the ISSMS-LS2-3Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
How does Humidity affect a plant on earth or in space?MS-LS2-3Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
How does Temperature affect a plant on earth or in space?MS-LS1-4From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
How does Light affect a plant on earth or in space?1-LS1-2From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
Circadian Rhythms. Can plants tell time?
MS-LS1-4From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
How does Carbon Dioxide affect plants on earth or in space?MS-LS1-5From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

 

 

Additional Information

Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 5 x 5 x 10 in

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