Sending seeds in a stratospheric balloon as a motivator in sciences to basic education students

Student interest in astronomy and other subjects: research and practical experience
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
, Thursday Nov. 17, 2022
UTC: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The proposed experiments were the measurement of environmental parameters of flight, such as temperature, pressure and ultraviolet incidence in the stratosphere. Data acquisition took place from an Arduino interface, configured by high school students. Elementary school students selected the most suitable seeds to board the flight, envisioning their future cultivation on Mars, with the aim of releasing oxygen into the Martian atmosphere. The seeds chosen were those of the Japanese Kiri, because this is the tree that releases more oxygen into the atmosphere and its seeds easily adapt to different types of soil and environmental conditions. For the purposes of a future comparative study, the seeds were divided into 2 groups, with half of them flown in the stratospheric balloon and half not.


Marcos Rincon Voelzke is a professor of astronomy education and cometary research at the Cruzeiro do Sul University in Sao Paulo (Brazil). He previously completed his masters at the Sao Paulo University (Brazil) and his PhD at the Ruhr Universität Bochum (Germany). His research interest include evaluation methods for astronomy education in schools and active learning methods and the dynamic and evolution of plasma (morphological structures) in cometary tails.

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