Earlier this year I met Tony So who co-founded magnitude.io which is committed to 21st Century STEM* education, assisting the next generation of scientists and engineers with project-based learning experiences.
Their latest project is incredible – they will be launching a plant biology experiment into space in late January 2017 on a SpaceX rocket.
Here’s an excerpt from the magnitude.io blog….
Enjoy reading and the best of luck to you and your team, Tony!
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting limited reservations for the 2017 ExoLab program aboard the ISS.
The first experiment is a plant biology investigation with Arabidopsis thaliana, a mustard plant used in many science investigations with a genome that is fully mapped.
Designed with curriculum for 6th – 12th grade based on the new Next Generation Science Standards, students will grow their own A. thaliana in a specialized classroom growth chamber concurrent with a plant growing aboard the ISS. With live data coming from the station, students will compare and contrast various environmental conditions and the effects of gravity on living things.
The experiment start date is planned to begin in October 2017. Professional development dates for teachers are being planned in late spring, summer, and autumn before school begins.
Sign up for the free Q&A sessions with the CEO of Magnitude.io, Ted Tagami, on Google Hangout introducing and answering questions about ExoLab, a plant growth experiment on International Space Station in Space. The agenda will cover the idea, the plant, the process, the lessons, schedule and NGSS mapping.