Challenge 2C: Growing Beyond Earth
(4th and 5th Grade)

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

YOUR CHALLENGE: NASA is getting ready to send astronauts to the moon, to Mars, and beyond. For these long trips into space, astronauts will need fresh vegetables to eat along the way. NASA has created small gardens for growing plants on spaceships. Now, they need your help to invent a machine that can plant vegetable seeds and harvest vegetables grown inside a spaceship. Downloadable PDF

2C. Illustration – Draw a picture of a machine that can plant vegetable seeds and harvest the vegetables when they are ready. Your machine should work with leafy vegetables like lettuce, fruiting vegetables like tomatoes, or root vegetables like carrots. Depending on the type of vegetables you choose, you will need to learn about what the seeds look like, how they are planted, how they grow, and how to pick the part that we eat.

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

Electronically submit the following:

✓  Entry Requirements:
 Entry must be emailed to and include school name and teacher contact in attachment name and the email message
 Illustration must depict a machine that can plant vegetable seeds and harvest the vegetables when they are ready
 The machine should work with one of the following kinds of vegetables: leafy vegetables, fruiting varieties or root vegetables
 Maximum size is 8.5” x 11”. Illustration must be an original 2-D, hand-rendered artwork done in colored pencil, crayon, pens, fine-point marker, or paint only; no computer generated designs
 Written portion must explain the garden’s design
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

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

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 2C Evaluation Sheet

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

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.