Challenge 2B: Growing Beyond Earth®
(2nd and 3rd Grade)

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

YOUR CHALLENGE: For the last seven years, astronauts have been tending to a small garden on the International Space Station called Veggie. They have grown all kinds of plants including fresh greens to eat and colorful flowers to brighten their days if they are missing home. As NASA prepares to send astronauts to the moon, Mars, and beyond they will need to grow fresh vegetables and edible flowers along the way to keep them happy and healthy. Now, NASA is looking for new ways to grow plants and needs your help to design a new garden. Downloadable PDF

2B. Model – Students will draw and then construct a 3-D model of a self-contained plant growth chamber inspired by NASA’s Vegetable Production System (Veggie) and include a written description of how their system will work in space. 

ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 by 5:00 pm

Electronically submit the following:

Delivered to Fairchild in person or via certified mail:

  • Model and Written Description

✓  Entry Requirements:
 

Model and written description must include student name, grade and school clearly printed on back of entry

 

Model is 5”(h) x 14”(l) x 8”(w) or smaller and includes 1 page written description of how the new growth chamber works

 

Model clearly represents a growth chamber that can be used to grow plants in outer space

 Drawing of model is uploaded to entry form
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Please send us all of your student’s work for this Challenge. Those entries submitted for points must be clearly labeled on the entry form AND entry.

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

EVALUATION CRITERIA: 
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 2B Evaluation Sheet

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 2B Benchmarks

DESIGN THINKING – PROTOTYPING YOUR IDEAS:
Fairchild Innovation Studio Powered by Moonlighter
Virtual Field Trip Presentation (video), Daisy Pupo, M.Arch – COMING SOON!
Field Trip Paper Techniques (PDF)

CHALLENGE RESOURCES:
Welcome video from NASA
Historic Vegetable Moment on the Space Station (video)
Veggie 01 (video)

Complete GBE Seed List
Photo of current VEGGIE system

 

This website is based upon the work supported by NASA under grant award No NNX16AM32G. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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