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Plants In Space – Build an Automatic Plant watering System for Your Mars Soil

Mars presents unique challenges for spacecraft that hope to land on its surface. Its atmosphere is too thin to be very helpful for slowing down, but it's also just thick enough to be a problem. Temperature can vary wildly between day and night, and global dust storms can blot out the sun for weeks at a time.

Students will explore technology used in space through the Arduino tool. They will build an automatic watering system that measures soil humidity and waters a plant accordingly. The basics of programming in C++ will be introduced using the Arduino Integrated Development Environment (IDE) software.