Space Exposed Experiment Developed for Students

by Doris K. Grigsby, Oklahoma State Univ, Stillwater, United States,
Bob Melton, Oklahoma State Univ, Stillwater, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III

Abstract: Space Exposed Experiment Developed for Students (SEEDS), a cooperative endeavor of NASA Headquarters, the NASA Langley Research Center, and the George W. Park Seed Company, resulted in the distribution in 1990 of approximately 132,000 SEEDS kits. The kits, containing Rutger's tomato seeds that had flown on LDEF as well as seeds that had been stored in a climate-controlled warehouse for the same time period, were sent to every state and 30 foreign countries. Student researchers from kindergarten through university compared germination and growth characteristics of the space-exposed and Earth-based seeds and returned data to NASA for analysis. More important than the scientific information gained, was student motivation and the excitement of taking part in a national project plus the subsequent interest generated in science education.

Subject Headings: Students | Space exploration | Federal government | Team building | Parks | Climates | Storage facilities

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