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Supporting Effective Teaching and Learning

Gustafson, Marty [1].

Plants in Space: Educational Opportunities in Plant Biology Using the Space Garden.

Space exploration has been a perennial area of wonder for children across the United States. Not only is the spaceflight environment itself interesting, but it also has important biological consequences for plant growth. In this workshop, we will discuss why plants are important to the long-term development of space and what challenges scientists and engineers face in growing plants in microgravity, on the moon, and on Mars. We will then introduce the Space Garden, an educational plant growth kit used for ground-based studies of plant biology which is an analogue of the Astro Garden, a plant growth kit that will be used to grow basil on STS-118 and the International Space Station. Finally, we will discuss how interested students might become the space farmers of the future.


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1 - Orbital Technologies Corp., 1212 Fourier Drive Madison, Madison, WI, 53717, USA

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Presentation Type: Workshop
Session: W09
Location: Astoria Room/Hilton
Date: Sunday, July 8th, 2007
Time: 10:00 AM
Number: W09001
Abstract ID:2515


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