Tomatosphere™: Sowing the Seeds of Discovery through Student Science

Home base on the moon. Boot prints on Mars. Visits to asteroids. With the world’s spacefaring nations looking beyond the space station to envision human missions to increasingly distant destinations, scientists have

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Upward – Volume 2, Issue 1

Dive into 2017’s first issue of Upward to learn about more of the fascinating research taking place on the International Space Station U.S. National Lab.

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Tomatosphere Data Collection Sheet

This Tomatosphere Data Collection Sheet will help you when observing and documenting the growth of your seeds for your Tomatosphere experiment.

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Glossary of Terms

A list of terms used in the Tomatosphere™ Glossary based activities.

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Your Tomato Seeds

Your tomato seeds come from traditional seed production methods; they have NOT been modified through the use of biotechnology. The seeds are a hybrid variety from HeinzSeeds, part of the Kraft Heinz Company, the third largest food and beverage company in North America.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A list of Tomatosphere frequently asked questions related to the project.

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Before You Begin the Tomatosphere Project

With the Tomatosphere™ Project, “planning, planning, planning” is the key to success. This resource will help you begin Tomatosphere project planning.

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Exploring Space – Student Questions

This PDF contains some “guiding questions” which will help to get your students thinking about exploring space and particularly Mars.

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Investigation Plan

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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All About Tomatoes

An introduction to the fruit that will be germinated in the Tomatosphere™ Project. In this project, Tomatosphere tomatoes will be considered fruit.

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Tomatosphere Supplies

Having the proper supplies for the Tomatosphere™ Project on-hand will make the experiment easier for teachers and students. Tomatosphere supplies are outlined in the “Before You Begin the Tomatosphere™ Experiment”. You can obtain your supplies locally or you can order them directly from the Tomatosphere™ supporter, Stokes Seeds.

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Why Choose Tomatoes? – Selecting Plants for Space Travel

The best crop to grow is one which has small hardy seeds, a short germination period, and a few other criteria. Tomatoes seem to fulfill these requirements.

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Seed Starting – How-to Guidelines

This is a reference for Tomatosphere™ planting and any other seed planting exercise. It outlines some of the key elements of starting your own seeds – the containers, the planting medium, temperature and moisture requirements and light.

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Student Research Projects

Teachers have asked for “ideas” to get the class started with student research projects. This resource contains SOME potential research topics for students.

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Energy From the Sun – Green Plants as Primary Food Producers

This Tomatosphere resource shows how plants convert solar energy into chemical energy through a process known as photosynthesis.

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Glossary-based Student Activities

A collection of Tomatosphere™ student activities for students to have fun with. These crossword puzzles and three-word scrambles, arranged in order from easy to more difficult, are related to the terms in the glossary.

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Conducting the Tomatosphere Experiment

This Tomatosphere resource will walk you through the general steps in conducting the Tomatosphere experiment in your classroom.

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Martian Crop Possibilities – Student Investigation

This investigation can be modified for students at different levels. It supplements the Tomatosphere™ Project by looking at a variety of crops that are possibilities for Martian cultivation. It should be used with the chart on Crop Characteristics found with the Martian Crop Possibilities

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Exploring Space – An Introduction

This Tomatosphere Exploring Space resource outlines the relevancy of the Tomatosphere project in the task of space exploration.

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The Science Experiment in Detail

This downloadable PDF gives details and hints on how to conduct the Tomatosphere science experiment in your classroom.

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