E14 The One with the Space Waste

What would it take to grow a carrot on Mars?

Mars One astronaut candidate Dianne McGrath talks about sustainability in space, and challenges assumptions about how food is and should be grown. Students compare and contrast the benefits of taking waste home, processing it in space, and trying to ensure there is no waste produced. Students will design a scenario that involves growing food under a futuristic dome or in a heavily built-up urban area. Several sessions introduce them to hands-on activities to help them consider the key elements of their final design and ask: how can good design meet the needs of plants and people?

Lesson Plans

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Free Australian Curriculum-aligned lesson plans, springboards and activities for Yr 3-6.

E14 The One with the Space Waste

Yr Level

Learning Area

Curriculum Code
Space Waste
5 6
Science Design Technologies
ACSHE083 ACSSU094 ACSHE100 ACTDEK019 ACTDEP024
Future Food
5 6
Technologies Science
ACTDEK021 ACTDEP025 ACSSU043 ACSHE083 ACSSU094 ACSHE100
Transcript The One with the Space Waste
5 6
Science Design Technologies
ACSHE083 ACSSU094 ACSHE100 ACTDEK019 ACTDEP024
E14 The One with the Space Waste
Space Waste
Yr Level
5 6
Learning Area
Science Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACSHE083 ACSSU094 ACSHE100 ACTDEK019 ACTDEP024
Future Food
Yr Level
5 6
Learning Area
Technologies Science
Curriculum Code
ACTDEK021 ACTDEP025 ACSSU043 ACSHE083 ACSSU094 ACSHE100
Transcript The One with the Space Waste
Yr Level
5 6
Learning Area
Science Design Technologies
Curriculum Code
ACSHE083 ACSSU094 ACSHE100 ACTDEK019 ACTDEP024

Factastical #4

Chard is like beetroot except it sends all its energy to its leaves instead of underground.