Plant the Moon Challenge: Fall 2024

Ages:High School, Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional

Type:Submission

Categories:Agriculture, Environment, Science, STEM

Scope:International

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The Plant the Moon Challenge is for anyone daring enough to explore and stretch the limits of human possibility. We’re piggybacking off of NASA’s new lunar exploration program, Artemis, and giving you the chance to help get astronauts back to the moon. Participants in the Challenge will use the Project Guide to  choose their crop and help define their own experimental parameters to support plant growth. After an 8-week growing period, teams will submit final project reports and join the global network of researchers helping to expand our space exploration capabilities!

Registration is open every Fall & Spring.

Each team of students will receive a lunar or Martian soil simulant package complete with pots, masks, and a pH meter or strips. The lunar and Martian soil simulants are specially designed to mimic the soil of the Moon or Mars in chemistry, composition, grain size, and density. Teams will also receive a digital Project Guide from the Institute of Competition Sciences (available August 1). 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 our scientific evaluators to select Best in Show winning projects! Visit www.plantthemoon.com/timeline for more details about the project tasks.

See https://www.plantthemoon.com/home for examples of past winning experiments.

Website: https://www.plantthemoon.com/home

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:

ptmc@competitionsciences.org

Eligibility:
High School & University/Professional teams are all welcome to participate and will be judged & awarded according to their age division. Elementary & Middle School students can participate in Plant the Moon Challenge Jr!

Registration Opens: April 2, 2024

Registration Closes: September 15, 2024

Overview

The Plant the Moon Challenge is for anyone daring enough to explore and stretch the limits of human possibility. We’re piggybacking off of NASA’s new lunar exploration program, Artemis, and giving you the chance to help get astronauts back to the moon. Participants in the Challenge will use the Project Guide to  choose their crop and help define their own experimental parameters to support plant growth. After an 8-week growing period, teams will submit final project reports and join the global network of researchers helping to expand our space exploration capabilities!

Registration is open every Fall & Spring.

Process

Each team of students will receive a lunar or Martian soil simulant package complete with pots, masks, and a pH meter or strips. The lunar and Martian soil simulants are specially designed to mimic the soil of the Moon or Mars in chemistry, composition, grain size, and density. Teams will also receive a digital Project Guide from the Institute of Competition Sciences (available August 1). 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 our scientific evaluators to select Best in Show winning projects! Visit www.plantthemoon.com/timeline for more details about the project tasks.

Criteria

See https://www.plantthemoon.com/home for examples of past winning experiments.

Participate

Website: https://www.plantthemoon.com/home

Managing Organization: Institute of Competition Sciences

Contact:

ptmc@competitionsciences.org

Eligibility:
High School & University/Professional teams are all welcome to participate and will be judged & awarded according to their age division. Elementary & Middle School students can participate in Plant the Moon Challenge Jr!

Deadlines

Registration Opens: April 2, 2024

Registration Closes: September 15, 2024