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ExoLab – International Space Station Experiment

ExoLab – International Space Station Experiment

Run an identical experiment to the International Space Station in your school

The ExoLab combines an LMS with a school kit that measures & compares real-time data with an International Space Station experiment on plant growth.

The same device that will arrive on the ISS in October 2022 is the same device that schools use in their classrooms.

As an internet of things device, students can access the experiment from school or their home, complete lessons on the LMS as well as join a global community of schools!

Important – this project is paired to a Space X re-supply mission to the International Space Station.
The next mission is planned for October 22, 2022.

  • Order early to ensure on-time delivery.
  • Supplies are limited.
  • Place in your pre-order now for mid-year delivery ($1245 inc. GST for 1 Exolab + 30 student kits).

Fill out this form if you would like to find out more information or to wish to pre-order

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  • ExoLab combines real science and real scientific equipment with student online courses, all whilst contributing to data being collected from the ISS
  • Share in an international school community to compare results & ideas along with the U.S. National Laboratory.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify the optimal combination of legume, bacteria, and soil to produce nodulation in the harsh environment of the space.
  • Engage in experimental design, data collection and analysis, writing and revising hypotheses, and communicating about what they’ve learned using evidence from their experiments.
  • Direct curriculum outcomes for high school
  • Guided by experienced educators from Fizzics Education & Magnitude.

Available Australia-wide

The experiments are initiated on the ISS in accordance with resupply missions. This allows for multiple experiments per year, giving options on when to align the classroom experiment with the ISS experiment. Students look for relationships between the environmental conditions, including the effect of microgravity on the growth of living things in general.

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Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:
Science

Cells are the basic units of living things; they have specialised structures and functions ACSSU149

Multi-cellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment ACSSU175

Transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes ACSSU184

Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of the Earth (ACSSU118)

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces, including Earth’s gravitational attraction, acting on the object (ACSSU117)

Advances in science and emerging sciences and technologies can significantly affect people’s lives, including generating new career opportunities (ACSHE195)

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries (ACSHE192)

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science Syllabus Content
A student:

relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction SC4-14LW

explains how new biological evidence changes people’s understanding of the world SC4-15LW

analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems SC5-14LW

explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society SC5-15LW

describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations SC4-10PW

applies models, theories and laws to explain situations involving energy, force and motion SC5-10PW

appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them SC4-1VA & SC5-1VA.

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

Victorian F – 10 Science Curriculum

Scientific knowledge and understanding of the world changes as new evidence becomes available; science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines and practice of science (VCSSU089)

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (VCSSU090)

Cells are the basic units of living things and have specialised structures and functions (VCSSU092)

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object; Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of Earth (VCSSU103)

Scientific understanding, including models and theories, are contestable and are refined over time through a process of review by the scientific community (VCSSU114)

Advances in scientific understanding often rely on developments in technology and technological advances are often linked to scientific discoveries (VCSSU115)

Multicellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes to their environment (VCSSU117)

The description and explanation of the motion of objects involves the interaction of forces and the exchange of energy and can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (VCSSU133)

Science Show Activities

Scientific Inquiry

Position your students at the forefront of scientific research alongside the ISS

Conducting experiments on the ISS in microgravity

Discover insights in real-time alongside our team of principal Investigators and scientists

Data collection and analysis

Real data from real equipment used on the ISS

Rocket Science

Link learning with the SpaceX launches over the next 18 months

Plant Physiology

Investigate biology, chemistry & environmental science using red clover

Legumes and the Nitrogen Cycle

Measure the nitrogen cycle; are legumes useful for space exploration?

Tropisms

How is growth affected by microgravity vs gravity at sea-level?

Microscopy

Link microscopy with space science

Bonus lessons include art projects, nutrition, genetics, soils, food sustainability, and more.

So much to do!

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ISS Mission & Classroom Information

In October 2022 , A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Dragon cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. It will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Seeds will be placed in three test tubes within the 4 cube unit ExoLab and about two days later, it will be powered up by an astronaut on the ISS. Through the Magnitude Classroom, you will have near real-time imagery of the growing seedlings and can observe how microgravity impedes or improves plant growth, and if the nodulation that occurs on Earth through the symbiotic legume-rhizobium relationship can be replicated in space. Each week, you will have access to pre-recorded and/or live videos with mission updates.

The ExoLab-10 mission will investigate how the stress of spaceflight affects the symbiotic relationship of red clover and nitrogen-fixing Rhizobia bacteria. With a goal of achieving root nodulation during spaceflight, you have a rare opportunity to be part of this authentic research mission. As a mission participant, you will grow red clover plants in the 1G environment of Earth as part of the ground control experiment. Then, you will compare results to the flight experiment in the microgravity environment of the ISS.

ExoLab-10 Curriculum

Overview of the learning sequence

ExoLab offers a thoughtfully designed inquiry-based curriculum and is meant to help students deepen their experimentation skills through the use of our technology. Through a series of experiments, you’ll learn more about plant growth on Earth and then investigate plant growth on the International Space Station.

Student Topic:

Capturing Carbon Dioxide for Survival on Earth and in Space

Learning objective:

Based on grade level, students will use scientific inquiry to learn about the importance of the carbon cycle on Earth and in space.

Student investigation:

– How can you capture the most carbon by growing alfalfa?

Carbon sequestration of Medicago sativa and/or Medicago truncatula while under the stress of spaceflight for consideration in biofuel production, bioregenerative life support systems, and edible biomass.

In this inquiry-based investigation, students will design an experiment to capture the most carbon by growing the largest alfalfa plants, a versatile forage and legume crop known for high edible biomass production, carbon sequestration, soil rejuvenation, and potential for biofuel.

Driving a mission for change, students will become climate change solutionaries experimenting with alfalfa on a small scale in a classroom experiment and then can plan for a larger impact with a school garden of alfalfa. Concurrently, they will learn about space life support systems and food crop production. Plus, students can opt to get their hands dirty by using local soils to evaluate soil health and productivity. Let’s compare soils globally and determine the resilience of alfalfa to grow under varying nutrient conditions.

Mission timeline

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Student Data:

  • ExoLab Participants: Measure CO2 levels and plant growth (roots, stems, leaves biomass)
  • Student Kit and Non-ExoLab Participants: Measure the plants (roots, stems, leaves biomass)
  • Data and observations will influence the flight experiment set-up for ExoLab-10, which launches on SpX-26 in late October 2022 and returns to Earth in early December 2022 after about 45 days in orbit.

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Options on how you can participate

1. Ground Trial DIY

  • Ground Trials in March
  • Recommendations on how to upcycle the experiments supplies¹ from your kitchen or classroom
  • Limited access to some ground trial lessons
  • Magnitude LIVE(s) with special guests
  • Cost is free

You can purchase the complete ExoLab-10 experience at any time.

¹A supplies list will be provided.

Register below on the Magnitude platform to be notified

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2.Complete ExoLab-10 Experience

  • ExoLab growth chamber (pre-order for mid-year 2022 delivery)
  • Ground Trials in March
  • GT Experiment Classroom Supplies Kit¹
  • Full access to all custom ground trial lessons and online tools
  • Magnitude LIVE(s) with special guests (timezones are US-based and subject to changes on guest availability)
  • Professional development sessions
  • ExoLab-10 ISS Flight Mission
  • Flight Mission Classroom Supplies Kit¹
  • LMS license with full access to flight mission lessons and online tools
  • Access to the post-flight analysis session, data, and reports
  • Submission to global poster session
  • Certificate of ExoLab-10 completion

¹The Classroom Kit contains…

  • 1 Teacher Kit
  • Supplies for 30 students

Cost is $1245 inc. GST

Limited availability. Reserve your ExoLab now for the SpaceX launch in October 2022.

Recommend at least 1 per school.

The ExoLab next to it's box. The Exolab looks like a clear plastic box with a camera & sensors

The dimensions of the ExoLab device both terrestrially and in-orbit are based on the common CubeSat specification, which standardizes satellite payloads in an approximate 10 cm cuboid format. ExoLab is in a 2U format, which means that its dimensions are 10 x 10 x 22 cm.

Within this compact frame are a series of sensors to capture, record, and report data, including images, as well as a system to keep the test organisms alive. All of these operate autonomously and continuously.

  • Luminosity
  • Temperature
  • CO2
  • Humidity
  • Camera
  • WiFi

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Requirements

If you have one of the kits sent to your school

You will need internet access to join the LMS, the learning community as well as to upload what has been happening in your classroom!

If you have a web conference with us

Each student has a computer or tablet connected to the internet.
If you are teaching from a school, you can connect a computer or smart tablet to a data projector, interactive whiteboard or TV.
We use Zoom as this works with nearly every device and handles low bandwidth. We also can use Webex, Meets and other applications as required.
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Cost

Get the ExoLab Max for everything you need to run experiments on the ISS. (Perfect for in-classroom, distance, citizen science, and homeschool)

  • Cost
  • Get the ExoLab for everything you need to run experiments on the ISS. (Perfect for in-classroom, distance, citizen science, and homeschool).

    Includes weekly mission updates via Zoom or YouTubeLive (or via recordings) plus access to live sessions with scientists & astronauts when scheduled.

  • Option A for 30 students
  • 1 Exolab + 30 student kits & LMS Licences
    6 x Mission updates via webinar
    Support

    $1245 inc GST

  • Option B Flexible student numbers
  • 1 Exolab
    6x Mission updates via webinar
    Support
    $1000 inc. GST + $20 inc. GST x number of students you have for student kits & LMS Licences

  • Additional options
  • Additional Exolab units cost $1000 inc. GST

    Extra Student Kits cost $20 each – students do their own experiment

  • Webinar option – ExoLab series
  • We can offer an additional a 60-minute web conference at cost of $220.
    Content covers the ExoLab project as well as either astronomy & space exploration or botany

    Call 1300 856 828, or click below to make a booking for your school.


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