Iowa Plant the Moon Challenge


Iowa Plant the Moon Challenge

Participants in the Iowa Plant the Moon Challenge will join a global science experiment and research challenge to examine how vegetable crops can grow in lunar soil. Iowa 4-H will be supporting youth teams through funding from Iowa Space Grant Consortium and the ISU Integrated Pest Management Program. Each team will receive real lunar soil simulant and other materials to conduct plant growth experiments. Teams can also partner with an Iowa State University (ISU) graduate student to design and execute their experiments. The ISU graduate students come from a variety of plant science fields, and will communicate virtually with the teams they mentor to provide guidance throughout the program.

Teams will prepare and submit a report for NASA scientists by the end of April and attend a closing symposium and awards ceremony that is held in May. 


In collaboration with the Iowa Space Grant Consortium and ISU Integrated Pest Management Program. 

Thank you to our sponsors!

Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management Program, Iowa Space Grant Consortium, Iowa 4-H Youth Development, SummitAgro, Iowa BASF Technology Services, Agronomic Services, Biololgy, Seed Treatment Solutions, and Seed and Crop Protection Sales Teams, Pattern Ag, and Bayer Crop Science.

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