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Since 1996, over 4700 students, 700 teachers, and 500 members of the general public have learned about gravitational botany and space biology through the outreach efforts of the NSCORT scientists. Below are the resources and links of interest to the K-12 community, undergraduate and graduate student communities, and the general public.

K-12 Outreach Programs

Adventures of the Agronauts - Forty-five percent of NSCORT outreach in 2001/2002 was to North Carolina third grade classrooms. This concept paper describes a new initiative of the NSCORT to develop a year-long science curriculum for third grade with a theme of supporting life in space.
Online experiments - Developed by NSCORT researchers in cooperation with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, these experiments are for teachers interested in tropisms, specifically gravitropism and phototropism, as well as calcium signaling in plants.
Living in Space - Powerpoint slide presentation often used in school visits including overview of space travel, human physiology in space, and life support (please allow 1 - 2 minutes for download)
Mars or Bust! - Powerpoint presentation on space research. It includes tons of fascinating pictures (please allow 1 - 2 minutes for download)

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Undergraduate/Graduate Student Resources

Space Biology Visit the syllabus for the undergraduate course developed by NSCORT Director Dr. Chris Brown that examines the biology of plants, animals, and humans as related to gravity and the spaceflight environment. (BO 277)
Plants, Agriculture, and Space - Powerpoint slide presentation highlighting cutting edge research in gravitational botany and space biology (please allow 1 - 2 minutes for download)
The Cellular and Molecular Imaging Facility (CMIF) - Located at North Carolina State University in the Department of Botany, The CMIF is directed by Dr. Nina Strömgren Allen. The facility contains a number of state-of-the-art microscopes, and visits can be arranged for US and international faculty and students.

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General Public Resources

Encore - The Encore Center for Lifelong Enrichment provides courses, study trips, special events, and other programming for adults over fifty. NSCORT members are supporting and co-teaching a course in topics of Space Exploration in January/February 2003.

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Other Space Biology Links

NASA Spacelink - An aeronautics and space resource for education
Web of Life - Visit the Web of Life for a collection of information, readings, and resources about NASA's Fundamental Space Biology research and related space-flight hardware.
Space Ag in the Classroom - Resources to excite students about agriculture in relation to supporting life in space. - An online resource for undergraduate science educators and their students.
NASA Spinoff - NASA Spinoff, an annual publication, features stories on the successful transfer and application of NASA-generated technology to industry - assisting in the development of new commercial products and services.
Life Into Space - This general-interest site provides an overview of the space life sciences research center conducted by NASA Ames Research Center and Kennedy Space Center.
Plant Tropic Responses - This site contains time-lapse movies which demonstrate phototropic and gravitropic responses in a variety of different plants. Watch seedlings respond to light and gravity.
American Society of Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) - This is a growing professional organization which fosters research, education, training, and development in gravitational and space biology and includes opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student participation.

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