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Cost

One pack of simulant, which includes one team registration, costs $399. This also comes with a Project Guide, guidance from Institute of Competition Sciences staff, and the opportunity to ask questions to the experts on our Science Advisory Board.
This depends on your growth setup. At minimum, you will need containers (pots or even cups) and supplemental soil or fertilizer. However, some teams choose to use a grow light, aquaponics systems, or other additional materials that have an added cost.
Unfortunately, no. However, we have had teams in the past successfully reach out to local companies for financial support and we encourage you to do so.

Shipping

Simulant packs will be shipped out the week after regular registration closes. Shipments will NOT occur on a rolling basis, so if you purchase early on in the registration period, do not expect the package until after registration closes. For the timing of international shipping, please see the question below.
It is the responsibility of each team leader to provide an address where packages can be received. Packages are sent via USPS, which does deliver on Saturdays. We highly recommend having the package shipped to your residence rather than a school building. If you need to change the address provided, please email paul@competitionsciences.org with the updated address.
It is the responsibility of each team leader to provide an address where packages can be received. International registration closes early to ensure that international shipments have time to arrive before the start of the Challenge. That being said, it is your responsibility to ensure that customs in your country does not prohibit the entry of soil.

Refunds

We cannot provide refunds on orders that have already been shipped. However, you can postpone your participation in the Challenge to a future season.
Absolutely. Please email katie@competitionsciences.org noting that you would like to participate in the upcoming season with the unused simulant.
Yes, but we ask that you do NOT place an order until you hear back about Space Grant funding. Please check your confirmation email for the date in which you will hear back about funding. You will have between 1-2 weeks to decide if you would like to purchase the simulant yourself after hearing back from the Space Grant.

Participation

Absolutely! There are no location restrictions on participating in the Plant the Moon Challenge. However, please read the FAQ section labeled “Shipping” to understand international shipping requirements.
Yes, we have had teachers in the past successfully implement the Plant the Moon Challenge in a virtual setting. It is a great substitute for hands-on learning!
There is no minimum or maximum number of team members required to participate. We have had successful teams ranging from one person to an entire classroom. However, each simulant pack provides for around 10 plants, so we recommend a limit of 10 people per team.
There is no minimum or maximum age to participate, however, we recommend children be of school age. Submissions are scored based on five age groups - Elementary, Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, and Professional. Additionally, all students under age 18 must have an adult act as their coach. Active participation and/or knowledge of science from the coach is not necessary.
Yes. We only ask that teams choose to categorize themselves based on the average level of their team members when submitting final reports.
Absolutely! We welcome all groups - classrooms, clubs, homeschool groups, families.

Space Grant Funding

Unfortunately, no. This includes if you live near the border of a participating Space Grant state. We are constantly working to expand our connections with other states, though! Please check back in future seasons for any additions to our list of Space Grant partners.
Please check your confirmation email for the date in which you will hear back about funding. This date tends to be 1-2 weeks after Space Grant applications close.
You are allowed to register the same number of teams as simulant packs received. However, there is no limit to the size of your team (i.e. entire classroom).
Please check your acceptance email to see how many simulant packs you were awarded. This may be less than the number of packs you requested.
Yes, we would still love to have you! After hearing back from the Space Grant, there will be between 1-2 weeks before registration closes to decide if you would like to purchase the simulant yourself.
Absolutely! We welcome all groups - classrooms, clubs, homeschool groups, families.
Yes. However, it is up to each individual Space Grant Consortium whether or not they will sponsor the same team twice.

Growth

One simulant pack is enough for approximately 10 small pots of individual plants, depending on the additives you add to your simulant.
The goal of the Plant the Moon and Plant Mars challenges is to grow plants that astronauts could eat in space, but beyond that we don't have seed restrictions (no controlled substances permitted). Upon registration, you will receive a Project Guide that includes a list of suggestions, but it is not comprehensive. Please note that although we recommend using edible plants, we strongly advise against consuming the plants you grow.
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Choose Your Mission

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Note on International Shipping

The Institute of Competition Sciences and our partners at the CLASS Exolith Lab are excited to offer the Plant the Moon Challenge as a truly international scientific and competitive experience. We will attempt to ship simulants to you around the world, wherever you are. As the competitor and purchaser, you are responsible for any VAT, tariff, duty, taxes, handling fees, customs clearance charges, etc. required by your country for importing goods.

It is our suggestion that you do research beforehand regarding any additional charges and order simulant well in advance (3-4 weeks) of all deadlines to ensure that you can engage in the planned benchmarks of the Plant the Moon Challenge. Thank you for your engagement and understanding.