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We have received tomato seeds from Tomatosphere (   Tomato sphere is sponsored by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Space AgencyHeinz Canada LtdHeinzSeedOntario Centres of ExcellenceStokes Seeds and the University of Guelph.
Tomatosphere is a research project that  involved about 13,000 Canadian classrooms this year. We are not submitting our findings to Tomatoshpere but our students will still have the opportunity to grow tomatoes from two sets of seeds. One set will be seeds which have been exposed to a simulated space environment and the other set will be the control group.  The research is being gathered to assist in identifying potential food sources for future space travel. Over the summer the children will be growing these tomato seeds and charting our findings. 
The children concluded that there are no plants in space and that is why people are conducting this research. Tomorrow we will explore plants in other places.  Rocco wants to look at plants from Trinidad and Nicki would like to compare plants from India.


  1. Hi Deb,
    Look at the great concentration on their faces. The control of their little fingers and the strength they are developing in their hands and arms to control their movements is pretty awesome. I also note the wonderful expressions of concentration on the faces of the children watching the others have a turn. I see a big difference between "waiting" for a turn and "watching" and "supporting" which I believe you encourage in your work with them. It has a much more significant community feel than simple waiting for their own turns. Thus, it's not so much about patience as it is about kinds of encouragement they give one another by their attention to the "other". Thank you


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