Challenge 3: Growing Beyond Earth – Spring 2021
For Groups — Maximum points: 350* (1 entry per school)
*Eligible schools may receive up to 100 additional pts for their Fall 2020 data for a total of 450 pts.
YOUR CHALLENGE: Humans have never been more determined to explore the universe, however reaching and settling new planets is still an incredible challenge with several hurdles to overcome. One of the biggest challenges will be providing fresh produce for astronauts during long distance space travel. For the past 5 years, your research has brought NASA closer to solving that problem and has supported some of the important components of growing plants in space. For the Spring 2021 Trial, students selected one of the three variables, fertilizer, photoperiod, or light spectrum, to test how they affect plant growth. Downloadable PDF
Teachers must register to attend a mandatory workshop in January
SPRING 2021 DATA & RESEARCH PRESENTATION DUE: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 by 5:00 pm
The following items are due electronically:
Spring 2021 Data Sheet
|✓ Spring 2021 Data Requirements:|
|Spring 2021 Google Form submitted by December 16th|
|Data entries updated weekly on provided Google data sheets|
|All appropriate data fields complete and valid. Any irregularities or empty fields accompanied by an explanation|
|Weekly student-centered, scientifically-relevant tweets including the school name, @GrowBeyondEarth, and descriptions of any photographs, illustrations or graphs|
|On-time data entry submission (late entries may not receive points)|
|✓ Spring 2021 Research Presentation Requirements:|
|Opening slide clearly includes descriptive title, students’ names and school name|
|Photographs/illustrations/graphs and tables must include captions|
|Presentation is 5 slides maximum (excluding opening slide and references)|
|Presentation must include the following: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion and at least 3 references|
|Bibliography must cite at least 3 sources, follows MLA or APA format|
|On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)|
REQUIRED VIRTUAL TEACHER WORKSHOP DATE: Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm OR Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Scientists from NASA will conduct this workshop to introduce their research and the problems they try to solve for future space missions. During this time teachers will learn about the Spring 2021 research protocols, and schedule a time to pick up materials. Visit our Teacher Workshops page for more information. To register, please click here – Registration for this workshop closed on Wednesday, December 16th.
CHAT WITH A SCIENTIST: We will be hosting an OPTIONAL online chat with NASA scientists about the Growing Beyond Earth project. Teachers participating in GBE will receive an invitation a week before each chat with instructions on how to participate. See below for a list of scheduled dates and recordings:
Thursday November 19 at 4:00 pm EST
Thursday April 15 at 4:00 pm EDT
FAIRCHILD FIELD TRIP EXTENSION:
Bring your class on a virtual field trip at Fairchild. Please visit Explorer Field Trip Programs for more information.
350 Total Points Breakdown:
Data: Max 100 pts
Research Presentation: Max 150 pts
Symposium Presentation: Max 100 pts
VIRTUAL GROWING BEYOND EARTH STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM DATE: Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT)
Schools that submit a research presentation will be able to present their Spring 2021 results. Awards will be given that day for top presenters by NASA scientists. To register please click here – Closed on April 13, 2021.
STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS:
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 3 Benchmarks
Welcome video from NASA
Growing Beyond Earth (homepage)
Growth Chamber Assembly Instructions – NEW!
Fertilizer Treatment Protocols – NEW!
Photoperiod Treatment Protocols – NEW!
Light Spectrum Treatment Protocols – NEW!
Attachment 2 – Blue, white, red, green light
Attachment 2 – Red light
Attachment 2 – White, blue, red light
Data Sheet Instructions – NEW!
What to Tweet
2019-2020 GBE results
GBE SPRING 2021 WORKSHOP RECORDINGS:
Introduction – Dr. Carl Lewis and Amy Padolf (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)
Project Overview – Dr. Gioa Massa and Trent Smith (Kennedy Space Center)
Data Entry– Marion Litzinger (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)
GBE Student Research 2015-2020
Advanced Plant Habitat
Veggie Fact Sheet
GBE Twitter Feed
Food Production for Space Exploration NASA presentation
Growing Beyond Earth TEDx (video) and Space Station Live: Veggie 01 (video)
Publications – UPDATED!
Florikan Fertilizer: Collaboration with NASA (presentation)
2015-2020 GBE Seed List
How Plants Grow in Space
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.