Growing Beyond Earth

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017 to Saturday, April 21, 2018
Fairchild's Growing Beyond Earth a citizen science project in partnership with NASA
Event Description: 

Fairchild’s Growing Beyond Earth project provides South Florida middle and high school students an opportunity to conduct authentic botanical research in their classroom. This citizen science project provides opportunities to participate in plant experiments to schools registered for The Fairchild Challenge. Students will research which edible plants might be suitable for growth in microgravity aboard the International Space Station’s plant growth facility. The purposes of the experiments are to expand food options and increase plant diversity, by testing multiple edible plants for future space missions. Using equipment that mimics the “Veggie” system aboard the International Space Station, students are testing factors that may influence plant growth, flavor, and nutrition. Scientists at Kennedy Space Center will use students’ data to determine which plants should undergo further investigation. 

Event Type: 
Citizen Science
Educational
Hands-on Activities
Lecture / Talk
Teacher Professional Development
Open to the General Public?: 
No (e.g., registration required, teachers only, private event, etc.)
Topic: 
Human Exploration and Operations,  Mars,  Science
Mission: 
International Space Station,  Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity)
Event Location: 

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Rd
Coral GablesFlorida 33156
United States
Additional Comments: 
The Growing Beyond Earth project takes place in more than 130 South Florida classrooms.