Challenge 3: Growing Beyond Earth – Fall 2020

For Groups — Maximum points: 400 (1 entry per school)**see points breakdown below**

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. This year, students will test different pollination methods with peppers by growing them in the “Advanced Plant Habitat”, the big brother of “Veggie”. Each teacher will receive a classroom set of planting materials for each individual student to grow their plants at home. Downloadable PDF

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Teachers must register to attend a mandatory workshop
  • Students must submit data and research poster for complete entry submission.

FALL 2020 DATA & POSTER DUE: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 by 5:00 pm
The following items are due electronically:

✓   Fall 2020 Data Requirements:
 Weekly student-created, scientifically-relevant tweets including name, @GrowBeyondEarth and descriptions of any photographs, illustrations or graphs
 All appropriate data fields complete and valid. Any irregularities or empty fields accompanied by an explanation
 Data entries updated weekly on provided Google data sheets
 On-time data entry submission (late entries may not receive points)
✓  Fall 2020 Poster Requirements:
 Descriptive title, student’s name and school name clearly printed on entry
 Research poster must be 22″ x 28″, and follow MS poster template
 Photograph/illustration/graph must include caption
 Research poster must include visual representation of data, discussion, conclusion, and at least 2 references
 On-time entry submission (late entries may not receive points)

REQUIRED VIRTUAL TEACHER WORKSHOP: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm OR Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 9:00 am – 12:00 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 the Fall 2020 research protocols, and schedule a time to pick up materials. Visit our Teacher Workshops page for more information. Registration for this workshop closed on Wednesday, September 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 10/22 3:00 pm EST

Thursday 11/19 4:00 pm EST

Thursday 1/21 4:00 pm EST

Thursday 2/25 4:00 pm EST

Thursday 3/18 4:00 pm EST

Thursday 4/15 4:00 pm EST


FAIRCHILD FIELD TRIP EXTENSION:

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

OPTIONAL Spring 2021 Proposal and Poster:
Please visit the Challenge 3: Growing Beyond Earth – Spring 2021 webpage for more information.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:
For more information on how your submission will be evaluated, see Challenge 3 Evaluation Sheet

400 Total Points Breakdown:

  • Fall 2020 Data: Max 200 pts
  • Fall 2020 Research Poster: Max 200 pts
  • Optional Spring 2021 proposal, data collection and second research poster: Max 50 pts
  • Presentation at the Growing Beyond Earth Student Research Symposium: Max 50 pts (Schools must register to reserve spots. Register here – COMING SOON!

GROWING BEYOND EARTH STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM DATE: Saturday, April 17, 2021; exact time is TBD
Schools that participated in the Fall 2020 pollination study will be able to present their results. Awards will be given that day for top presenters by NASA scientists. This event is open to open to friends and family. Event Flyer and Registration – COMING SOON!

STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS: 
This Challenge meets various state standards, visit Challenge 3 Benchmarks

CHALLENGE RESOURCES:
Welcome video from NASA
Growing Beyond Earth (homepage)
Research Protocols REVISED 09-29-2020 – NEW!
Pepper Pollination Study (presentation) – NEW!
Data Sheet Instructions REVISED 10-01-2020 – NEW!
What to Tweet
2019-2020 GBE results – NEW!

GBE WORKSHOP RECORDINGS:
Part I – Dr. Carl Lewis and Amy Padolf
 (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)
Part II – Dr. Gioa Massa and Trent Smith
 (Kennedy Space Center)
Part III – Jacob Torres
 (Kennedy Space Center)
Part IV – Marion Litzinger and Yang Wen
 (Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden)

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:
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
Florikan Fertilizer: Collaboration with NASA (presentation)
2015-2020 GBE Seed List
How Plants Grow in Space

APA and MLA Citation Generator

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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