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March 17, 2008

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U.S. Satellite Teachers Grow Seeds from Space

Hundreds of teachers and thousands of students this spring are growing seeds from space thanks to U.S. Satellite's national teacher training initiative in collaboration with NASA's Teaching from Space Office. From July through November 2007, in conjunction with the launch of STS-118, and Barbara Morgan's historic launch, U.S. Satellite provided professional development to educators live and online. Teachers learned to facilitate NASA's Engineering Design Challenge, the Lunar Growth Chamber with their classrooms. The training also covered NASA's Fit Explorer curricular materials, designed so students can 'train like astronauts'. Click to see the first video from a team of science educators in Illinois sharing their progress with the seeds project. In the Design Challenge, students learn how to plan for plant growth in space while building a lunar growth experiment using the seeds from space. For more information on the project contact sts118@us-satellite.net.