Saturday Scientist | Seeds, Sprouts and Microgravity: Plant growth in space and preparing food for the future of deep space exploration

Sat, 2018/05/12 - 11:30am

Seeds, Sprouts and Microgravity: Plant growth in space and preparing food for the future of deep space exploration

ISS astronauts are growing lettuces and other plant species in microgravity to study plant growth and food nutrition potential for deep space missions to Mars. Discover how plants grow and function in space, and start your own space garden by planting a lettuce seed in your constructed plant growth chamber.


Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for the Saturday Scientist series, an educational series featuring activities recommended for ages 6-9.

This monthly hands-on activity is included with museum membership or paid admission and emphasizes the development of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This series includes exciting topics like solar energy, precipitation, geology of space and chemistry.

All workshops are aligned to Next Generation Science (NGSS), Common Core Math (CCM), and Alabama College and Career Readiness Standards (ALCCRS).

Reserve your seat at the main ticket desk upon your arrival.

Museum members may enter the Davidson Center for Space Exploration.


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