Many students think of the scientific method as a step-by-step process that all scientists follow in order. But real research is rarely so neat and tidy…it is really more of a research cycle or spiral because things you learn in one step can change your ideas about what you’ve already done or about next steps.
It is OK to change your thinking! We encourage you to go back and edit things you write in this section at any time as your ideas change. Just remember to ADD to your entries (put new stuff at the top) and don’t delete or overwrite anything you or other students in your group have written.
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|Created||14 Feb 2018|
|Owner||MHS Keeler Spring 2018|
|Explore||What would happen if you changed the soil pot? What would different bugs do to the plants? What happen if all the sunlight was taken away?|
|Research Question||Would the buckwheat plants still germinate if they aren't subject to sunlight?|
|Predictions||I don't think they will grow-Kayden I don't think they will grow-Lizzy|
|Experimental Design||Our plan is to plant the Buck wheat in plastic bags with a wet paper towel.Our control group will be in the full light while the other groups are locked in a cupboard.Our materials are plastic bags,Paper towel,Water,Cupboards,Sunlight/another light.|
|Conclusion||Did the Buckwheat and Alfalfa grow?Yes it did!So in conclusion our hypothesis were wrong the plants did grow.The sunlight ones show a 4 inch(10.16 cm) difference from day 1 and the sunless ones show a 3.2 inch (1.128 cm)difference from day 1!That's the buckwheat,we ended up doing some Alfalfa plants too.The sunlight ones show a 1.2 inch(3.048 cm) difference from day one and the sunless ones show a 1.4 inch (3.556 cm)difference.We collected data for 5 days plus the weekend.|
|Grade Level||Middle School Students (grades 6,7,8)|
|School Name||Marion Jr/Sr High School|
|About this Project||
I really liked the way that this group made observations of their plants and asked questions beyond their original question. I really liked the way that this group made observations of their plants/investigation and asked questions beyond their original question. While they sought out to understand how light/darkness might affect germination, they kept their eyes open and discovered things beyond this primary task. Observations of how the plant's roots grew and interacted with the paper they grew in.... and even questioning how taking their plants out to measure might have affected the evidence they were collecting showed me that they were always making observations and thinking throughout the whole process.