Learning Launchpad

Chabot’s Virtual Resource Center

Welcome to the Learning Launchpad! Get ready to explore and learn more about the Universe and Planet Earth with new activities, videos and more. We are bringing science to life with content created by our very own education team! Learn, create, engage, interact and get inspired with us.


Space Garden Series

Throughout the month of May, look forward to new space gardening activities every weekend! 

Grow, track, and observe what conditions plants need to survive and how they are adapted to live
on planet Earth. Then, come up with a plan to grow your own food in outer space and compare it with current tests being done on the International Space Station!

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Activity 1: Seed Collection and Observation

In this activity, learners will extract seeds from produce in your garden or fridge for observation and analysis. They will collect data about the seeds and create a seed-bank art piece to prepare for space.

Activity 2: Bean Sprouting

In this activity, learners will investigate what plants need to survive by sprouting their own beans. They will make predictions, measure growth, and hypothesize how space conditions might be challenging for plant growth.

Activity 3: Color Transpiration

In this activity, learners will set up an experiment to investigate how plants absorb water and observe it over time. They will examine the different parts of a plant and make predictions about how it will move water throughout its body.


Activity 4: Leaf Observation and Printing

In this activity, learners will collect leaves from leafy greens in your garden or fridge for observation and analysis. They will collect data, determine their adaptations, and create a leaf print art piece.

Activity 5: Space Garden Engineering Challenge

In this activity, learners will design and build a garden habitat to grow plants in space. They will identify what challenges need to be overcome, design possible solutions, and build a model of their idea.

Learn More About NASA’s Space Gardening Research

NASA plans to send astronauts to live on the Moon and Mars. To feed those astronauts, NASA is researching whether it is possible to grow food in space. On the International Space Station, NASA is experimenting and researching plant growth in space. Learn more about research projects in the NASA Space Biology program.

Learn More


More Activities

Astronaut Training

How do astronauts train for space?
A big part of becoming an astronaut is staying physically fit and healthy! Over the next 5 days, complete all the exercise challenges listed in the guide and track your performance to see how astronauts keep in shape.
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White Bread Challenge

How clean are your hands and other surfaces around the house?We all know the importance of thoroughly washing our hands, but how clean are our hands? How clean are these household and classroom items we touch multiple times a day?
#Learning Launchpad #whitebreadchallenge

Story Time with a Scientist: Aerospace Engineering

Enjoy this story about how birds, planes, and rockets fly then design your own rocket!
Listen to the Story: Aerospace Engineering
Design your own rocket
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Build Your Own Rover

Complete the activities in this guide to research, design, build, and test
your own rovers! Use the instructions on the following pages to
guide your research and design process.
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 Start Your Moon Journal

Does the moon always look the same? How does it change over time? Use Chabot’s moon journal to track and observe our moon. Can you figure out how it changes?
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Design A Moon Habitat For Your Pet

Imagine you and your family are visiting the moon. Your pet is coming too! What kind of habitat would you design for them?
Plan Your Project
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What’s the weather? Does it change over time?

Observe and measure the weather in your area with our meteorologist notebook and DIY weather station instructions.
#LearningLaunchpad #ChabotMeteorologist

Observing Nature with iNaturalist

Be a citizen scientist! Join Science Educator and nature enthusiast, Sam Bell, on a hike to find and photograph plants and animals along the trail.
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More From Our Friends and Partners

Storytime Videos – Storytime From Space

Hear some of your favorite children’s books read by astronauts on the International Space Station.

Kidpass Digital Platform – Kidpass

The KidPass Digital Platform is an all-in-one platform for family friendly classes and activities online.

“Time to Shine,” The Moon Song by StoryBots – Netflix Jr.

The moon is bright and its rap’s all right!


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