PlantingScience Plant Investigation Themes and Associated Resources
The Wonder of Seeds
Germination and Seedling Growth Investigation: Students explore scientific inquiry through germination experiments designed by the students themselves.
Agronomy Feeds the World
Where does food come from? This module is designed to encourage students to think about food production around the world.
Osmosis, Diffusion, and Transpiration Investigation: Students are challenged to cause and then explain the most extreme bending in celery petioles (stalks).
Grow the Largest Corn Plants: This module helps students build skills in experimental design and empirically-based justification.
Where Does Pollen Come From?
Pollen and Pollination Investigation: Explore pollen and pollination through one or more projects in this module.
The Power of Sunlight
Photosynthesis and Respiration Investigation: Students learn critical concepts of photosynthesis through leaf disc assays.
C-Fern in the Open
Sexual Reproduction, Alternation of Generations Investigation: This module is designed to expose students to the plant life cycle and the alternation of generations.
Foundation of Genetics
Traits, Variation, and Environment in Rapid Cycling Brassica: Students explore studies in genetics by growing a selected strain of Brassica rapa from seed to seed and examining plant traits during the life cycle.
Genetics in Inbred Arabidopsis
Investigation with a Model Species to Track Transmission of Traits: Students learn about genotypic variation in Arabidopsis thaliana.