Challenge 2A: Growing Beyond Earth
(PreK to 1st Grade)

For Individuals or Groups (2–5 students per group) — Maximum points: 200 (100 per entry; 2 entries per school)

YOUR CHALLENGE: Fruit and vegetables are a part of healthy diet whether you are on Earth or in space. They become even more important for Astronauts because there are certain nutrients that you can only get from eating fresh food. Downloadable PDF

2A. LetterWrite a letter to astronauts in outer space explaining why it is important for them to eat their vegetables. Students should recommend a fruit or vegetable they think should be grown in space.

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must be emailed to and include student(s) name, grade, and school name in attachment name and the email message
 Letters must be written on standard 8.5″x 11″ paper and  include illustrations and written or typed component
 Illustrations must be original hand-rendered artwork done in colored pencil, crayon, pens, fine-point marker, or paint only; no computer generated designs
 Written component must include a fruit or vegetable recommended for growing in space
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.

For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 2A Evaluation Sheet

This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 2A Benchmarks

Welcome video from NASA
Historic Vegetable Moment of the Space Station (video)
Photo of current VEGGIE system


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