NASA-Collaborative Research: Growing Beyond Earth
YOUR CHALLENGE: For four years, middle and high school students have participated in the NASA-partnered Growing Beyond Earth (GBE) project, and have collected growth data for over 130 cultivars of edible plants. Two of those cultivars were selected and recently grown on ISS. As we continue to test new varieties to determine which may be optimal for growing in space, this year’s experiments will compare different cultivars of the same species for their biomass production and health. Upon completion of a 28-day trial, analyze your data and propose a new research experiment based on your first growth cycle. Submit a proposal to Fairchild for review and upon approval, conduct a second trial following your new proposal, analyze the data and include these new results in your poster & presentation.
- Teachers must attend a mandatory workshop at Franklin Park Conservatory on Saturday, September 14, 2019.
- REQUIRED TEACHER WORKSHOP DATE: Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 9am-12pm at Franklin Park Conservatory’s Wells Barn. During this time teachers will learn research protocols, and receive data sheet access and materials. Registration for this workshop closes on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 5pm Register for the Teacher Workshop here.
- Register as a Growing Beyond Earth National Partner
- Teachers attending the workshop must submit a Memorandum of Agreement if they plan to participate in this challenge.
- Teachers must use and become familiar with GBE Webpage
- Students must submit data, research poster and research poster presentation (video) for complete entry submission.
FINAL DATA ENTRY & PROPOSAL DUE: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by 5pm
Electronically submit the following:
- GBE Challenge 4 Entry Form (Entry Form states HS but is for both HS & MS)
Email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Draft proposal (Maximum 1 page, includes: testable hypothesis, identification of control and variable, materials, and brief explanation of methods)
POSTER ENTRY SUBMISSION: Wednesday, April 22, 2020 by 5pm
Delivered to Franklin Park Conservatory in person or via certified mail (electronic submission of design is not accepted)
- Research Poster (poster template)
Email or electronically submit the following:
- Trial 2 raw data sheets
- Poster presentation video (see Video Requirements)