Growing Plants in Space is the New Post-Pandemic Normality

Growing Plants in Space is the New Post-Pandemic Normality

Guest blog post by Javier Montiel, M. Ed. It is 8:00 AM, and the students know exactly what to do. As they enter the classroom, one student turns on the computer monitor that displays the space images from ISS Above and checks the maps to see when the ISS will fly over our school, another student checks the test tubes inside the ExoLab for signs of growth. In our window frame, with a beautiful morning…

ExoLab-9 Reveals Curious Plant-Microbe Complexities

ExoLab-9 Reveals Curious Plant-Microbe Complexities

When the ExoLab-9 flight samples returned to Earth from the International Space Station (ISS) on October 1, the post-flight investigation led by biosciences researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory unveiled an amazing scientific journey with some unexpected results. What are those? How did they get there? Plant-Microbe Interactions Yet, again, we were reminded that science has a way of surprising us, and organism interaction is extremely complex. In this case, we picked up some microscopic…

Student-driven ExoLab-8 experiment launching on NG-15

Student-driven ExoLab-8 experiment launching on NG-15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Taking distance learning to the International Space Station Orbital Classroom along with an Astro_moji Teacher (BERKELEY, California) ‒ Magnitude.io CEO Ted Tagami announced today that its student-driven ExoLab-8 plant experiment will launch to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than February 20 as part of the NG-15 Cargo Resupply Mission from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. With the shift to distance learning as a result of the pandemic, Magnitude.io expanded…

Distance Learning with Bitmoji Classrooms

Distance Learning with Bitmoji Classrooms

        Guest post by ExoLab-8 Astro_moji Mission Specialist Lisa Turney Students didn’t expect to see me as a cartoon character in a digital classroom. Yet with Bitmoji classroom, this technology tool has brought tremendous engagement despite a challenging year in education. While schools were shut down during the last part of the school year, I actually thrived on distance learning. Since I love bringing technology into the classroom, I began soaking up…

Kansas Teacher selected as the ExoLab-8 Astro_moji Mission Specialist

Kansas Teacher selected as the ExoLab-8 Astro_moji Mission Specialist

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** December 16, 2020 Linwood Elementary Teacher Lisa Turney will have her Bitmoji avatar launch to the International Space Station  (BERKELEY, California) – Magnitude.io CEO Ted Tagami announced today that Linwood Elementary Technology Teacher Lisa Turney from Linwood, Kansas will have her Bitmoji launch to the International Space Station with the ExoLab-8 mission. Tagami remarked, “Lisa Turney will serve as the ExoLab-8 Astro_moji Mission Specialist leading an extraordinary virtual field trip experience and…