Queen Beans

Project by group mhsschellingspring2017

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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 How will the color of light effect the germination of the Glycine max?
Predictions If colors of light effect germination rate, then the Glycine max will have a higher germination rate under red light.
Experimental Design Our group set up the experiment by using 7 boxes. We cut holes in the tops of the boxes then covered the holes with filters of each color besides the control. The control was left open. Each box contains 3 petridishes. Each petridish has 5 seeds in them. We placed a damp paper towel under the...
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?
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Great job, Queen Beans! Your figures are very clear, and you have labeled the axes and provided an excellent legend so that I can read and understand the graph very easily.

I enjoyed working with you on this project and I'm glad you had fun! 

-Megan

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It’s great to see that teams from your school are wrapping up and posting conclusions. Enjoy the final stages of your project, and feel free to post any final comments or questions you have for your mentors. 

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. 
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The PlantingScience team

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Emily
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Hello Megan,

Thank you for all your help throughout this experiment. We definitely learned a lot and are still learning more about the information even today. We were doing research and learned that the fluorescent light and the purple light have a similar wave length! Finding this information was super cool and we were really proud! I will be sending our graphs for trial #1 and #2. Have a wonderful week and thanks again!

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Hope you guys have had fun with this project! As I understand it, you are wrapping up data collection this week. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing any of the final results that you all come up with.

 

-Megan

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Hope you guys have had fun with this project! As I understand it, you are wrapping up data collection this week. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing any of the final results that you all come up with.

 

-Megan

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These are great! They definitely show differences in seed growth!

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Amber
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Hi Megan, 

We had a long break last week so did not start a second trial but planned for the trial we are running this week, the data from the first trial did not seem to have a pattern but rather scattered germination rate. In our second trail that we set up and started on Monday April 17, 2017 we moved around the boxes to see if the heat from the lamps may have an effect on the rate of germination of our soybeans. We are being sure to take extra data and tracking down everything that happens each day including the number of germinating seeds, if the paper towel in the Petri dish dries out, and how much water is still in there. 

I agree with you in having a visual medium to represent our data than just numeric facts. I think that a presentation with pictures to show the germination of the seeds along with graphs to show the changes observed each day. 

I look forward to seeing how this all turns out!

Emily
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Hello Megan, sorry for such a late reply! We just got back from a longer weekend, and did not start our second trial until this week. We are being more detailed with this trial and are very excited for the results! I have always liked using colorful graphs because they help others understand better and are more fun to look at. I also have a Cricket, which is a paper cutting machine, that should help give our results more engaging to look at. We should be posting more pictures soon. Thank you once again!

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    Great to hear! I hope the second trial goes well and am excited to see the photos and results. 

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It seems like you all most liked setting up the experiment - this is one of my favorite parts, too. Setting up usually involves a lot of hands-on work, and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something tangible. At the end of the day - you can see it! All the lovely shoeboxes with filters! (That you guys sent me great photos of!)

The challenging parts for me are often the brainstorming or figuring of logistics - like you guys mentioned, figuring out how to construct those filters in the first place, or how much to water the seedlings to keep those little guys alive is essential to the experiment. But this is the least tangible kind of work - it mostly happens in my head, or from drawing pictures or writing down ideas to problem-solve. At the end of the day, these things don't usually have a physical accomplishment. So it is more difficult for me to be satisfied by problem solving, even though it is an absolutely necessary part of the experiment.

I am looking forward to seeing your data tables and the results of what you found out in your experiment! Have you all thought about how you will present your results? I like to use some kind of visual medium in my report write ups, such as photos, or graphs. Usually these are more exciting and meaningful than numbers.

 

-Megan

Taylor
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It was challenging trying to figure out how to set up the experiment. After brainstorming it became evident that we needed to have enclosed spaces, such as boxes, for each color. I have enjoyed seeing how the color's have effected the germination process.

Taylor
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It was challenging trying to figure out how to set up the experiment. After brainstorming it became evident that we needed to have enclosed spaces, such as boxes, for each color. I have enjoyed seeing how the color's have effected the germination process.

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I'm still interesting in hearing what you have enjoyed most or found most challenging about setting up your experiments! As you have time, of course.

 

-Megan

    Amber
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    I have personally enjoyed constructing the experiment and put very thing together. I think it has been a little challenging making sure the seeds have enough water to help them germinate under the different lights. 

    Overall it has been a well put together experiment.

    Jenna
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    I enjoyed creating the shoeboxes and overall setting it up.

Emily
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Setting up the experiment was pretty simple. It mostly consisted of getting the materials and finding space to set up. The hardest part was finding a red filter. We ended up having to use a different kind of filter, because the red one we were originally going to use, did not actually filter the red light. We ended up asking the drama department for a piece of the red filter they put over their lights during productions.

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Hi team! 

I hope you all have been doing well! I was gone for the last two weeks on a trip for a field ecology course in Ecuador. To see some photos of trees and what my friends and I did on the field course, click here! I most enjoyed learning how to identify some of the common tree families there. The most challenging part for was learning the bird species - it involved going on very early morning walks and trying to spot all of the different tiny markings on birds. I succeeded seeing and identifying a very pretty species - the great jacamar (pic), which is a very pretty bird that lives in the rainforest.

I heard that you guys have had a busy week with the wrap-up of 3rd quarter - that's great! Hopefully you're all clear of the stress of finals. 

I'm excited to see pictures of your experiment set-ups as you get finished with them! 

I'd like to hear from all of you what you have enjoyed most or found most challenging about setting up your experiments. I would also like to read your hypotheses, if you have them written down.

 

-Megan

    Jenna
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    Great pictures! Very pretty! 

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Materials

1. We will have five lamps, all having a different colored filter. We will also have a dark group and a fluorescent group.we will then take 7 boxes, each with 3 Petri dishes inside. In the Petri dishes, we will place 5 beans. We will then place them all in their designated place, under the lamps or in the dark environment.

2. We do have lamps that will be provided.

3. A fellow teacher, at our school, is providing filters to put in front of the lamp light.

Timeframe

4. We will run many different trials with this experiment until it is over.

5. We will be using soybeans. They will take 3 to 5 days to germinate.

6. We will keep the lights on at all times. When there is a weekend, we will come back and measure the growth.