Tomatosphere Project Resources
On the teacher resources page, there is an excellent link called Tips and Tricks. Here is where you’ll find transparency masters for keeping journals or germination charts that are downloadable. Suggestions for measurements that senior grades could take include: plant height, number of mature fruit per plant, number of flowers per plant, average mass of fruit per plant. This page includes links to: conducting the Tomatosphere experiment, germination, a letter home to parents, transplanting, hints from colleagues, and terminology. The link to this page is: Tips-n-Tricks.
So that classroom teachers who do not have access to a computer lab will not feel intimidated by this project; computer teachers or library teachers who can familiarize the students and teachers with all the available online resources will find it easy to navigate the entire website for all the accessible and thorough resources.
Teachers can use the link to the Media room to explain the project and find history on this project which began in 2001. Here the teachers can introduce the project leaders or have the students research the profiles of the astronauts involved. Research on astronauts and recent missions could be done here as information is provided for this as well. Images of the project are also presented here. Images of tomato seeds in space are provided. Links to TV and radio broadcasts are also given here.
A lesson on Missions to Mars could be carried out separate from doing tomatosphere experiments. The Mars Space Missions link has information on mission objectives and names from 1960 to 2009. By using this direct link, at: Mars Missions
a teacher could create a scavenger hunt on past missions for students to discover. A teacher could also have the students examine one mission and create a powerpoint presentation, webpage or report on the mission.