ExoLab on ISS

$1,500.00

ExoLab is an experimental platform that brings together classrooms and the International Space Station in a collaborative investigation of the effects of the space

Designed with curriculum for 6th – 8th grade based on the new 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. 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.

(1) Classroom ExoLab
(2) Subscription to nutrients and A. thaliana Ler-1 seeds
(3) 1-year classroom subscription to the learning management platform
(4) Access to the International Space Station experiment.

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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.

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 August 2017 with the SpaceX-12 launch to resupply the ISS. Professional Development days will be announced shortly.

 

  1. Classroom ExoLab
  2. Subscription to nutrients and A. thaliana Ler-1 seeds
  3. 1-year classroom subscription to the learning management platform
  4. 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.

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
  • cameras
  • 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 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.

 

 

“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

 

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.

 

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Weight 10 lbs
Dimensions 5 x 5 x 10 in

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