Students Explore Lunar Plant Growth Through NASA Engineering Challenge


NASA has launched a new competition aimed at getting school children involved in engineering: specifically plant growth engineering. The contest challenges students to design chambers that might be viable for growing plants on the moon.

The design challenge is open to all K-12 students in the United States. They will then design, build, and evaluate lunar plant growth chambers and test the chambers "by growing and comparing both space-flown and earth-based control seeds," according to NASA. The first 100,000 registrants will receive test seeds that flew on the STS-118 space shuttle mission.

More information, including registration details and guides for educators, can be found at the link below.

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