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Plants on Mars - Build an automatic plant watering system

This resource from the European Space Agency is presented as eight activities which guides students to create an automatic plant watering system, suitable for use on a possible future colony on the planet Mars. Students have opportunities to use and develop their skills to plan, design and analyse various soil-watering systems, including the use of soil sensors. In the latter parts of the project, students are introduced to basic computer programming in C++ so they can automate some of the processes involved. In total, three hours will be needed for all the activities.

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