Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber
This Web Seminar took place on October 26, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was
NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about
growing plants in space and showed the participants related activities that they
could do with their students.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library,
neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.
This is the first presentation of the Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant
Growth Chamber program and it will be repeated throughout the academic year. Ms.
Phipps gave the participants some background on experiments that NASA has performed
with respect to growing plants in space. She went on to give an overview of associated
lessons which feature student labs and the creation of growth chambers for the classroom.
Twenty-five (25) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New
York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.In
addition, two participants joined the program from locations outside of the United
States: Dominican Republic, Germany and Marshall Islands.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate
of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates
area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “This is really hands-on; with many possibilities for students own creativity.”
- “This is an excellent challenge to have the students develop and expose their
creativity to solve a problem using scientific knowledge. The project relates to
my authorized field of teaching, which is biology.”
- “This is a great way to work on experimental design as well as space science
lessons. It also helps to show how these skills are used in the modern world. Last
of all, I hope it will interest students in the field of engineering.”
- “Teaching about growing plants in the Martian environment meshes well with my
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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