Plant the Moon Challenge

Coming to a Garden or School Near You in 2021!

Ages:Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, Graduate, Educator, Professional

Types:Submission, Performance

Categories:Biology, Chemistry, Environment, STEM

Scope:International

Registration Opens
Nov 1, 2020 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Jan 15, 2021 10:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

The Plant the Moon Challenge is a global science experiment, learning activity and inspirational project-based-learning challenge to see who can grow the best crops using lunar regolith simulant.

Register today to secure your lunar regolith simulant kit! Limit supplies are available. Early registration ends December 15th. The final registration deadline is January 15th.

NASA's Artemis Program is the United States' new initiative to return to the Moon. The Artemis program, will explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. However, having humans on the Moon is challenging in many ways. One of those challenges is how you will feed your crew. Bringing all of the food and water with you that is needed for long-duration human missions becomes a problem as your mission duration and mission size expands. Using the local resources on the Moon itself could lead to great advancements in our capabilities to explore our celestial neighbor.

Understanding how we can use lunar soils to grow crops for future human missions is one of the next great steps in supporting our return to the Moon! Help NASA scientists and the academic community at large learn the best lunar crop conditions by completing your own Plant the Moon Challenge project and sharing your results with the world!

The Plant the Moon Challenge is a student activity and competition to see who can grow the best crops using lunar regolith simulant. Participants will be sent a Plant the Moon Activity Kit including lunar regolith simulant, a Project Guide and a pH meter. Teams will use the Project Guide to define their own plant growth experiments using the Lunar Simulant. Students will define their own experiment parameters such as the structure of the plant growth setup, amount of water used, and nutrients or fertilizer added to the regolith simulant to help support plant growth.

Projects will be evaluated based on review of their experimental setup and the results of their plant growth. Teams will submit photos (optional videos), and an experiment report. Best-in-show awards will be provided to teams with the best plant growth results and experimental design.

 

Each team of students will receive a Plant the Moon lunar soil simulant package from the University of Central Florida's CLASS Exolith Laboratory. The lunar soil simulant is specially designed to mimic the lunar mare soil in chemistry, composition, grain size, and density. Students will also receive a Project Guide from the Institute of Competition Sciences. Following the project guide, you will create your own experiment to examine important variables related to plant growth in the lunar soil. Results from your experiment and your project log will be shown to NASA scientists and our scientific evaluators to select best in show projects!

To be released.
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://plantthemoon.com/

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:

info@competitionsciences.org

Entry Fee: $350

Discount for Premium Account holders: 10%

Eligibility:
Participants can form teams of 1 to 10 students. Students from grade 6-8 participate in the Middle Division, students from 9-12 participate in the High Division, and students in university participate in the College Division. Students from anywhere throughout the world can participate. Additionally, adult professionals are allowed to participate in their own special division for professional experiments.

Registration Opens
Nov 1, 2020 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Jan 15, 2021 10:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

Overview

The Plant the Moon Challenge is a global science experiment, learning activity and inspirational project-based-learning challenge to see who can grow the best crops using lunar regolith simulant.

Register today to secure your lunar regolith simulant kit! Limit supplies are available. Early registration ends December 15th. The final registration deadline is January 15th.

NASA's Artemis Program is the United States' new initiative to return to the Moon. The Artemis program, will explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. However, having humans on the Moon is challenging in many ways. One of those challenges is how you will feed your crew. Bringing all of the food and water with you that is needed for long-duration human missions becomes a problem as your mission duration and mission size expands. Using the local resources on the Moon itself could lead to great advancements in our capabilities to explore our celestial neighbor.

Understanding how we can use lunar soils to grow crops for future human missions is one of the next great steps in supporting our return to the Moon! Help NASA scientists and the academic community at large learn the best lunar crop conditions by completing your own Plant the Moon Challenge project and sharing your results with the world!

The Plant the Moon Challenge is a student activity and competition to see who can grow the best crops using lunar regolith simulant. Participants will be sent a Plant the Moon Activity Kit including lunar regolith simulant, a Project Guide and a pH meter. Teams will use the Project Guide to define their own plant growth experiments using the Lunar Simulant. Students will define their own experiment parameters such as the structure of the plant growth setup, amount of water used, and nutrients or fertilizer added to the regolith simulant to help support plant growth.

Projects will be evaluated based on review of their experimental setup and the results of their plant growth. Teams will submit photos (optional videos), and an experiment report. Best-in-show awards will be provided to teams with the best plant growth results and experimental design.

 

Process

Each team of students will receive a Plant the Moon lunar soil simulant package from the University of Central Florida's CLASS Exolith Laboratory. The lunar soil simulant is specially designed to mimic the lunar mare soil in chemistry, composition, grain size, and density. Students will also receive a Project Guide from the Institute of Competition Sciences. Following the project guide, you will create your own experiment to examine important variables related to plant growth in the lunar soil. Results from your experiment and your project log will be shown to NASA scientists and our scientific evaluators to select best in show projects!

Criteria

To be released.

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://plantthemoon.com/

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:

info@competitionsciences.org

Entry Fee: 350

Eligibility:
Participants can form teams of 1 to 10 students. Students from grade 6-8 participate in the Middle Division, students from 9-12 participate in the High Division, and students in university participate in the College Division. Students from anywhere throughout the world can participate. Additionally, adult professionals are allowed to participate in their own special division for professional experiments.

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Nov 1, 2020 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Registration Closes
Jan 15, 2021 10:59pm
America/Los_Angeles

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