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Classroom Resources

Free Agricultural Classroom Resources are customized to be used as part of or to work along side of our programs.

STEM and Science … Agricultural …explains that some can compliment the programs and some are directly part of the programs search download and share.

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Dr. Andrew Palmer on Farming on Mars

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-5
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Independent (student resource), Distance Learning, Classroom based
Resource Type: Video


Have you wondered what growing food on Mars would look like? Dr. Andrew Palmer led a team of 14 people who researched to answer the question, “Can we grow food on Mars?” Using simulations of Martian regolith (soil), he and his team grew tomatoes in conditions similar to those found on various parts of Mars. Watch […]

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Send a Postcard to Space

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Interactive (hands-on), Classroom based
Resource Type: Document, Guide, Lesson Plan


Thanks to a partnership with Club for the Future, you can now send a postcard to space and back! The Club’s mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and help visualize the future of life in space. The links below explain the process of getting postcards to and from space, how you […]

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Tomatosphere™: Sowing the Seeds of Discovery through Student Science

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Classroom based
Resource Type: Document


With the world’s spacefaring nations looking beyond the space station to envision human missions to increasingly distant destinations, scientists have already begun to tackle the many challenges of sending humans farther and farther from our home planet.

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Greenhouses on Mars

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Classroom based
Resource Type: Document


This Tomatosphere resource compares greenhouses on mars to greenhouses on earth.

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Investigation Plan

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Independent (student resource), Classroom based
Resource Type: Document


This Tomatosphere resource is a document for teachers to discuss with students the process to follow in planning and carrying out their investigation plan.

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Astronaut Menu – Robert Thirsk’s Menu

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Classroom based
Resource Type: Document


A 16-day rotating astronaut menu used by Dr. Robert Thirsk while he was on board the International Space Station for 187 days in 2009.

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Living in Space

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Classroom based
Resource Type: Document


For living in space, a human needs a balanced diet containing enough energy for each day’s activities, and a suitable environment.

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What Astronauts Eat

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Independent (student resource), Classroom based
Resource Type: Document


Attached is the 16-day rotating menu used by Dr. Robert Thirsk to show what astronauts eat while he was on board the ISS for 187 days in 2009.

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Reporting Your Results

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Classroom based
Resource Type: Document, Guide


Reporting Your Results fulfills the primary objective of the Tomatosphere experiment. Attached is a PDF guiding you through reporting your results.

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Collecting and Recording Your Data

This Resource is part of the Tomatosphere™ Program

Designed for: Grades K-8
For use by: Students, Teachers.
Learning Styles: Interactive (hands-on), Classroom based
Resource Type: Document, Guide


The primary objective of the experiment is to determine how many of the planted tomato seeds are successfully germinated.

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