Potential Funding Opportunity

CTSGC is seeking 10 Team Leaders from schools, libraries or youth organizations around the state who want to participate in a Plant the Moon/Plant Mars Challenge for the Fall of 2022.  This challenge is offered through the Institute of Competitive Sciences.

This is a chance for students of all ages to be part of a global science experiment and research challenge to examine how vegetable crops can grow in lunar or Martian soil. Participating teams will each receive real soil simulant from the University of Central Florida’s CLASS Exolith Lab. Teams will design and conduct a set of experiments using this simulant to grow crops for a future long-duration mission.

The cost per team will be a $100 registration fee payable to NASA CT Space Grant. The cost for any additional experiment supplies (seeds, pots, soil or additives) will be the team’s responsibility, and can be in-kind donations.  The remaining costs will be paid by CT Space Grant.

Formal applications for the program will be sent in July to team leaders who have submitted a Letter of Intent. Awarded teams will be announced after mid-August to allow Team Leaders to prepare for the challenge at the start of the next school year. The grow period for the fall challenge is September – November. 

Interested Team Leaders should submit their Letter of Intent before May 27, 2022. If you have questions, please contact CTSGC Program Coordinator April Michaud

For additional information on this program from the Institure of Competitive Sciences, click on the following links: