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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|Title||Alpha Echo Zulu|
|Access||public [View public profile]|
|Created||04 Oct 2017|
|Owner||OSS Stephens Fall 2017|
|Explore||We know that plants are the product of seeds germinating and that our plants needs sufficient sunlight, water and soil to germinate. We have chosen soil compaction as our independent variable in this experiment. All other factors will remain the same.|
|Research Question||We are planning on researching how soil compaction affects the growth and germination of a corn seed. We chose this question because we wanted to see how important oxygen is for a corn seed to germinate.|
|Predictions||We think that the seed will grow better in the soil that is less compacted. We think this because the oxygen will get to the seed more easily. Meanwhile if the soil is extremely compacted it will be a lot harder for the oxygen to reach the seed therefore making the seed grow more slowly.|
|Experimental Design||We plan on using a hydraulic press to press the soil by 0.2, 0.5, and 1 ton. (1 of the pots was untouched). When it is pressed the seeds will be placed around the pot. We will be keeping the amount of sunlight, type and amount of soil, type of seed, and number of seeds the same throughout our experiment.|
|Grade Level||High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)|
|School Name||Orillia Secondary School|