Plant the Moon & Plant Mars Challenge: Spring 2023

Help NASA learn to live and work on the Moon or Mars by growing your own space crops!

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

Type:Submission

Categories:Agriculture, Biology, Environment, Science, STEM

Scope:International

Registration Opens
Oct 3, 2022 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Jan 20, 2023 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Note: Participants must FIRST purchase their Plant the Moon kit on https://plantthemoon.com/register-now/. Once you have purchased a kit, you should then setup your team here to access the Project Guide and get other information about the grow season and project process.

***If your team was supported by one of the Space Grant Consortium states and you were directed here by a commitment form email, the kit has already been purchased and you can bypass the step of purchasing the kit and register your team now.***

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 and Martian regolith simulant.

NASA's Artemis Program is the United States' new initiative to first return to the Moon as a stepping stone human exploration of Mars. 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 & Martian soils to grow crops for future human missions is one of the next great steps in supporting our return to the Moon! And learning the biological capabilities of martian soil may help sustain human life on Mars!  Help NASA scientists and the academic community at large learn the best lunar crop conditions by completing your own Plant the Moon and Plant Mars 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 regolith simulant. Participants will be sent a Plant the Moon Activity Kit including lunar or Martian regolith simulant, a Project Guide and pH paper. Teams will use the Project Guide to define their own plant growth experiments using the  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, 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 lunar or Martian soil simulant package from the University of Central Florida's CLASS Exolith Laboratory. The lunar and martian soil simulants are specially designed to mimic the soil of the Moon, respectively, 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 simulant. Results from your experiment will be shown to NASA scientists and our scientific evaluators to select best in show projects!

See competition website: https://plantthemoon.com/best-in-show/
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: https://www.plantthemoon.com

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:

ptmc@competitionsciences.org

Entry Fee: $

Eligibility:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, University, and Professional teams are all welcome to participate and will be judged & awarded according to their age division.

Registration Opens
Oct 3, 2022 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Jan 20, 2023 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles

Overview

Note: Participants must FIRST purchase their Plant the Moon kit on https://plantthemoon.com/register-now/. Once you have purchased a kit, you should then setup your team here to access the Project Guide and get other information about the grow season and project process.

***If your team was supported by one of the Space Grant Consortium states and you were directed here by a commitment form email, the kit has already been purchased and you can bypass the step of purchasing the kit and register your team now.***

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 and Martian regolith simulant.

NASA's Artemis Program is the United States' new initiative to first return to the Moon as a stepping stone human exploration of Mars. 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 & Martian soils to grow crops for future human missions is one of the next great steps in supporting our return to the Moon! And learning the biological capabilities of martian soil may help sustain human life on Mars!  Help NASA scientists and the academic community at large learn the best lunar crop conditions by completing your own Plant the Moon and Plant Mars 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 regolith simulant. Participants will be sent a Plant the Moon Activity Kit including lunar or Martian regolith simulant, a Project Guide and pH paper. Teams will use the Project Guide to define their own plant growth experiments using the  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, 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 lunar or Martian soil simulant package from the University of Central Florida's CLASS Exolith Laboratory. The lunar and martian soil simulants are specially designed to mimic the soil of the Moon, respectively, 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 simulant. Results from your experiment will be shown to NASA scientists and our scientific evaluators to select best in show projects!

Criteria

See competition website: https://plantthemoon.com/best-in-show/

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: https://www.plantthemoon.com

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:

ptmc@competitionsciences.org

Entry Fee:

Eligibility:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, University, and Professional teams are all welcome to participate and will be judged & awarded according to their age division.

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Oct 3, 2022 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Jan 20, 2023 12:01am
America/Los_Angeles