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Tomatosphere

Tomatosphere

Tomatosphere™

Through Tomatosphere™, your students will investigate the effects of outer space on the germination of tomato seeds. This is a hands-on program that builds scientific inquiry and experimentation skills.

A measuring tape wrapped around a tomato

Precision And Accuracy

Learn about precision and accuracy and why they are important in science.

Vegetables and fruits on display

Plant Pigments

Why are there so many colours of plants? Learn about plant pigments and their role in plants.

Pepper plants on the ISS

Tropisms in Plants

Learn about the different ways that plants move in response to their environments.

Seedling with sunlight

Light & Plants

Learn about the process of photosynthesis and how it is affected by light levels.

Three types of tomatoes

Identifying Variables

Learn how scientists define independent, dependent and controlled variables in experimental inquiry.

Two girls exploring plant life in the woods

Developing a Hypothesis

Learn what makes a good hypothesis, and how to develop one.

Plant Cells with Visible Chloroplasts

Specialized Cells of the Leaf System

Learn about the structure and function of the cells in leaves.

Tomato plants grow in a greenhouse

Bias and Sources of Error

Learn how scientists identify and minimize bias and sources of error to produce accurate results.

Seedlings in various stages of growth

Setting Up a Fair Test

Learn how scientists set up fair tests using comparison and variables.

Red soil on the surface of Mars

Soil on Mars

Learn how soil is different on Mars than on Earth, and what that means for growing plants on the red planet.

Tomatoes of different shapes, sizes and colours

Tomato Taxonomy

A look at the taxonomic classification of the tomato plant and the origin, history and development of tomatoes.

Astronaut standing on Mars with Earth in the background

Earth vs. Mars

Learn about the characteristics of the Earth and Mars, two planets in our Solar System.

Student drawn postcard representing habitation spheres on an extra-terrestrial planet.

Send a Postcard to Space

Send a postcard to space and back thanks to a partnership with Club for the Future. The Club’s mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and help visualize the future of life in space. This page describes the project and how to get your postcards to space.

Student drawn postcard representing habitation spheres on an extra-terrestrial planet.

Imagine Future Careers

Spark creativity and curiosity by sending a postcard to space thanks to a partnership between Tomatosphere™ and Club for the Future founded. Students will imagine the jobs of the future in space and represent their thoughts on a postcard which will then be sent to space.