A Plant the Moon/Plant Mars Challenge team from Connecticut received a Best-in-Show award at the Spring 2023 awards symposium hosted by the Institute of Competition Sciences.  The GEMS Botanists for the Moon from the Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School received the award for their innovative experiment design at the elementary school level.

You can view their award-winning experiment report online at:

Twenty-five teams from k-12 schools statewide have been sponsored by the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium to take part in the Plant the Moon/Plant Mars Challenge during the 2022-2023 academic year. These teams design and implement experiments to explore how lunar soil can be used to grow crops to piggyback on the enthusiasm of NASA’a Artemis Mission. Through the program, student scientists use lunar or Martian soil to grow crops and explore what nutrients, fertilizers, or other modifications are needed to the regolith in order to grow nutrient rich, sustainable food sources for future astronauts. Through the Plant the Moon/Plant Mars Challenge, students are able to help NASA scientists and the academic community at large learn the best crop conditions to make this happen.

Want to take part in the next Plant the Moon/Plant Mars Challenge?

You can learn more about the program here:  https://plantthemoon.com/challenge/

You can apply (before 7/31/2023) to CTSGC to be part of the Fall 2023 Challenge here:  https://ctsgc.infoready4.com/#competitionDetail/1903411