Plant growth will be an important part of space exploration in the future as NASA plans for long-duration missions to the moon.
NASA scientists anticipate that astronauts may be able to grow plants on the moon, and the plants could be used to supplement meals.
In anticipation of the need for research into lunar plant growth, NASA and the International Technology Education Association, or ITEA, present the NASA Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber for the 2007-2008 school year.
Elementary, middle and high school students design, build and evaluate lunar plant growth chambers -- while engaging in research- and standards-based learning experiences.
Students participate in the engineering design process and learn how to conduct a scientific experiment.
To find out how you can help, go to www.nasa.gov/education/plantchallenge.