Space Beans

Sending Adzuki Beans to space

Team Adzuki


The project “What is the Effect of Microgravity on Vigna angularis (Adzuki Beans)?” is a student-led (grades 5 to 7) scientific experiment that was selected for flight as part of the 2020 DreamUp to Space Virtual Mission & Experiment Design Challenge.

The Experiment

The goal of this experiment is to observe the effects of microgravity on the germination of Vigna Angularis, commonly known as Adzuki beans. It will blast to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX Dragon II capsule with a targeted launch of May of 2021.

We chose the Vigna Angularis because they are nutritious and have medicinal properties such as stabilizing blood sugar, can improve digestion, and may help reduce the risk of diabetes. Observing the effects of microgravity on adzuki bean germination may allow us to provide astronauts another piece of data around selecting sustainable food sources, and as well as help maintain a breathable atmosphere needed for space exploration to Mars and beyond.

Project Funding

Our team is halfway to our funding goal of $6,000, which goes towards the expense of sending our experiment to the ISS. We are seeking an additional $3,000 for our experiment and would appreciate a donation to support this project! Your donation is tax-deductible and can be made through our non-profit iLeadschools.org. Thank you kindly in advance for your help!

Dream Up to Space and iLEAD Student Aerospace Projects

DreamUp provides space-based education to students and entrepreneurs. It is the first company to bring space into the classroom and the classroom into space. DreamUp is uniquely positioned to engage kids globally with the most cutting-edge space research and developments, and inspire them through scientific discoveries in orbital and suborbital space. DreamUp has a proven track record, having brought over 400 student research payloads worldwide to the International Space Station (ISS), working with student groups around the globe to ensure their experiments are approved for and manifested on SpaceX and Orbital rockets for launch to the ISS. DreamUp’s team of experts has integrated hundreds of payloads through our special relationship with launch services provider NanoRacks and their Space Act agreement with NASA that allows access to the most advanced platforms onboard the ISS.

iLEAD’s DreamUp to Space Experiment Design Challenge is a project developed in partnership with DreamUp spinoff NanoRacks, in which learners in grades 5-12 are invited to apply to join one of two DreamUp to Space Launch Teams, featuring experiments designed by learners at SCVi and iLEAD Exploration.