The Occupy Mars Learning Adventure

Training Jr. Astronauts, Scientists & Engineers

Hydroponics for Cape Verde then Mars

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What are the Cabo Verde Mars Colony Tiger Team Hydroponics Experiments?

We are exploring finding better and faster ways of growing food on Mars.  Our job is to help high school students from around the world to work together with the Barboza Space Center to explore AP chemistry, biology and space science.






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What is hydroponics?

A method of growing plants without soil, in which all the nutrients are supplied via the water. A distinction can be made between hydroponic systems in which plants are cultivated without using a substrate (NFT, aeroponics) and hydroponic systems that use an inert substrate (rock wool, perlite, clay pebbles). The type of nutrient that should be used depends on the type of system.

We are adding a small number of custom soil samples to jump-start the seeds to get them ready for Mars.  We believe the best soil samples will come from the Cabo Verde Island of  Fogo.

High School Students from South Korea, China, Japan, Vietnam, Australia, Russia, Span, France, Argentina, Cape Verde, Portugal, Italy, Africa, Ireland, UK, and Iceland will be participating in this project.IMG_6664.jpegIMG_6660.jpeg







We are still collecting soil samples from around the world.  Students are still working on Mars gardens in their different countries.  Students are working on integrating robotics into their various experiments.  We welcome your feedback in this area.

The Barboza Space Center is getting ready to run a new set of experiments with the Pedro Pires High School on the Island of Fogo in the Republic of Cabo Verde.   Students in the USA are getting all of the experiments ready to be transported to Cape Verde.   Students in Long Beach and Riverside, California are experimenting with a different form of hydroponics and we are waiting for specific soil samples from Cape Verde to take our experiments to the next round of tests.   We will keep you posted on the following websites: and



Author: Kids Talk Radio Science and the Barboza Space Center

Bob Barboza is an educator, STEM and STEAMD++ journalist, software designer and founder/director of the Barboza Space Center, Kids Talk Radio, and Super School Software. Contact:

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