Space Gardens

The Space Place is looking a whole lot greener after the Space Garden holiday programme!  Student’s discovered the challenges and successes astronauts have encountered growing plants on the International Space Station.  Then they created their own terrariums to take home.

A terrariums is a closed, self-watering Exif_JPEG_420ecosystem, but that doesn’t mean you can stop caring for your plant.   It needs to be kept out of direct sunlight and observed on a regular basis to make sure it’s not too dry or too moist.

The astronauts on the International Space Station also learned that they couldn’t just automate the care of their plants.  They needed to observe the growth of their plants and adjust the moisture and sunlight accordingly to keep their plants happy and healthy.   Students can use this observation log or make one of their own to record any changes in their plants.

Once gardens were planted we took a trip down to the Begonia House which is just like a giant terrarium.   Botanical Garden staff showed us heaps of cool plants, from banana trees, to flowers that look like black-bats, and air plants that live in trees, not soil.   We even got to sniff a carnivorous plant that smelled like dirty socks!

Subscribe to the MakerBox newsletter or follow the Space Place on Facebook to get updates on our next holiday programme at the Space Place.  In July we will have kids looking to the stars as they create their own light-up constellations.



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