Adventures of the Agronauts

Adventures of the Agronauts

Launch Tool

This is an excellent site for you to learn about the relationship between the sun, moon, and earth, and about plants, soil, heat, and light. You can engage in Agronaut Training Missions. Mission 1 (“What’s In Our Sky?”) covers information about the sun, stars, moon, and earth. The main focus is to learn about the similarities and differences among the sun, moon, and earth. Mission 2 (“The Root of the Matter”) covers plant parts and how they grow on earth. Mission 3 (“Stayin’ Alive: Part 1”) reviews soil and plants, soil on earth, and soil on the moon in order to demonstrate the importance of water, nutrients, and air in keeping plants alive. Mission 4 (“Stayin Alive: Part 2”) covers light, temperature, time, and room to grow, which are also critical in plant growth. Mission 5 (“Living Things in Space”) covers what happens to people and plants in a space environment and covers decision-making in terms of what plants to grow in space. Mission 6 (“Making the Plant Growth Chamber”) covers how to design a model chamber for growing plants in space. In addition to these missions, you also can participate in Rosy’s International Space Station Experiment.

For Educators

From the front page of this site, students should click on the “Click Here to Begin Your Mission” icon, which will take them to a screen that has an urgent message for them about their mission: to see if and how they can grow plants on the moon. Once they read the message, students should click on the “Click to Begin Your Mission” icon again to start their training.

To navigate through each of these Training Missions, students can click on the first topic, and then they can click on “Next” at the bottom of the screen, which will take them through the entire Mission and onto the next sequential Mission. Missions 1 through 4 have at least one quiz in the section to help students focus on the important points.

The information on this site focuses on classroom lessons taught in biology and astronomy. The main focus is for users to determine if and how they can grow plants on the moon. This, of course, is a great activity for students to use and develop their critical thinking and reasoning skills. This site focuses on six areas as mentioned above in Mission 1 through 6. Assign a group of students to study and then present the information found in Mission 1 through Mission 5. Then, each student can develop their own Plant Growth Chamber to share with the class at a later specified date. Have students use the information in Mission 6 to help guide them in this activity.

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