Astro Food

Food is one of the most important parts of our lives because it provides the fuel that we convert into energy. When humans venture further into space – to the Moon or Mars – they will not have access to fresh food. Therefore, they will have to grow it themselves.
 
In this set of activities, teams will learn about the different components of plants and the difference between a vegetable, a fruit and a seed. They will imagine and draw the plant associated with the fruit/vegetable/seed they are observing. They will also learn that different plants require different growth conditions.
 
Mission Questions
Which plants are suitable for growing in space as a good source of nutrition for astronauts?
 
Skills
Scientific Methodology,  Communication, Problem-solving, Teamwork 
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn about the basic structure of common plants
  • Identify and name a set of different plants
  • Understand that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • Identify that humans need the right types and amount of nutrition, and get this from what they eat
  • Understand that living things depend on each other and that plants serve as a source of food
  • Develop skills in identifying, classifying and grouping
  • Recognise that questions can be answered in different ways
  • Understand that drawing can be used to develop and share ideas
Equipment
  • Activity 1:
    • Student worksheet printed for each student
    • Pencil / pen
    • (Optional) assorted types of fruits, vegetables and seeds
  • Activity 2:
    • Student worksheet printed for each student
    • Paper
    • Colouring pencils or colouring pens
    • (Optional) Internet access
  • Activity 3:
    • Student worksheet printed for each student
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • (Optional) colouring pencils
Time
1 hour

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