Work on this next!
What do we know about plants from our experiences outside of school? What have we discovered in class and background research? What questions about plants interest us?
|Research Question||What do we want to test or study? How did we come up with the question(s). How does the question fit what we know about the topic?|
|Predictions||What are the possible outcomes of our study given the variables we are working with? What is our explanation for why and how we think this will happen?|
|Experimental Design||What is our plan? Be sure to include enough detail that another group can replicate our experiment. What variables will we test? What variables will we measure and observe? What variables will we keep constant? How will we record our data?|
|Conclusion||What claim can we make from our experiment? What are possible explanations for our results? How do the data we collected and our reasoning with scientific ideas support our claim? What future experiments could be done to expand on the results of this experiment?|
Farewell and Best Wishes!
As this research project is now in the final stages of wrapping-up, we wish to thank everyone who participated in this inquiry; the students, mentors, teachers and others behind the scenes. We appreciate all of your efforts and contributions to this online learning community.
Scientific exploration is a process of discovery that can be fun! There are many unanswered questions about plants just waiting for new scientists to consider, investigate, and share.
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Good bye for now & warm regards,
The PlantingScience team
Thank you so much for continuing your PlantingScience work during the pandemic. You've all done some amazing work! We have made it to the final week of our session so it is time to start wrapping up your projects. Please share your final reports or conclusions with your mentor this week. They are excited to see how your experiments turned out! Don't forget to thank your mentors as well for their help!
Stay healthy and thank you again,
The PlantingScience Team
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Hi Vicky! We just finished our experiment with the normal, sweet red, and sweet white potatoes. After everything, we looked at slides of our potato slices. The normal potatoes were very rotten and we were able to observe the bacteria moving in the slides we made. However, there was virtually no rot in the red or white sweet potatoes. We are hypothesizing that the sugar content in the potatoes might explain this, but we aren't sure if this is valid, since the bacteria should have been able to feed on a higher sugar content. Let us know what you think about the results and why we didn't see much rot in the sweet potatoes.
Hi Vicky! We are working on our independent experminent now and it’s Day Five after the inital innoculation. We've seen significant rot in the normal potato, however the orange sweet potatoes and white sweet potatoes both seem to have little to no rot. We will take final oberservations on Thursday. Thank you so much for your feedback.
Hi Vicky, we are still brainstorming what our own question will be. For now, we are infecting 3 potatoes with Erwinia bacteria by poking them in 4 places each with a toothpick dipped in culture. We wrap the potatoes in most paper towels and keep them in Ziploc bags in our classroom at room temperature.
Today we saw some discoloration and soft areas! Our potatoes finally seem to be rotting, and we're very excited.
For our individual experiment, we are thinking about infecting white sweet potatoes and orange sweet potatoes to see how sugar content affects the rate of rotting. We will likely have a similar setup to the regular potatoes we are infecting now.
Hey Vicky, we did not see any changes after infecting the potatoes with a bacteria, there was no rot seen or softness, so we are slightly concerned about that. Is it unlikely that we would see no change after three days?
Hi Vicky! Thank you so much for mentoring us! I'm looking forward to the next few weeks!
Hi Emmy and Priya! Nice to meet you. I'm Victory but most people call me Vicky. I study restoration, plants, soils, and how they all interact. Really happy to be working with you this semester!
Hello! I'm Priya. I am a senior planning to study neuroscience. Looking forward to working with you!
Welcome to your PlantingScience project page!
Welcome to this community of plant researchers. As your team plans and conducts your own research project, you will be mentored by a scientist. The mentor's role is to encourage and guide you through the process of scientific discovery. The more you share your ideas and research information online, the more your mentor can help. You can also find out more about your mentor. What is their research about? Why did they go into science? What do they like to do when they are not working?
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