Lunar Plant Growth Chamber Join the Challenge

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›  How to Participate
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›  Safety
›  Teach the Challenge
›  Design Challenge Certificate of Participation

How to Participate

In the NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber, students in grades K-12 design, analyze, build and assess plant growth chambers that could be used on the moon. Space-flown seeds are no longer available, but students can use different types of seeds from here on Earth to test the designs of the lunar plant growth chambers.

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What is a plant growth chamber, and why is it of interest to NASA? NASA is interested in facilities that support plant growth because plants will play an extraordinarily important role in allowing humans to explore destinations like the moon and Mars. The challenge faced by lunar farmers is that the moon has no atmosphere, no liquid water and no "normal" nutritional components in the soil. Under these inhospitable conditions, growing plants is a challenge.
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Safety is an important goal for all curricular areas of education. It is the responsibility of the school's administration for providing a learning environment that is safe, up-to-date and supportive of learning. Additionally, teachers are responsible for their students’ welfare in the classroom and laboratory.
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Teach the Challenge

Here you will find information about the three ways to participate in the challenge. Review the brief descriptions and select the appropriate educator guide for your students. Choose from Moon Munchies for grades K-4, Packing Up for the Moon for grades 5-8 and Lunar Plant Growth Chamber for grades 9-12.
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Design Challenge Certificate of Participation

After completing the challenge activities, return to this page to print your own NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber Certificate of Participation.
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Page Last Updated: November 3rd, 2013
Page Editor: NASA Administrator