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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||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?|
|About this Project||
This student project was an example of how true science can be sometimes. The students planted their first trials and had a major failure when most of their plants died. Instead of giving up and getting frustrated, they replanted new trials and modified their set up. The students came in...
We would like to thank you for your help during this Planting Science experiment. It has been a very educational experience, and we couldn't have done it without your help. You helped us plan and execute this experiment, and we can't thank you enough for that.
One last random question before we part ways: Do you have a favorite ice cream flavor?
Thank you again for all of your help.
We would like to take measurements of height, leaf area, and stomatal density. What kind of graphs would you recommend to use for representation of data?
Also do you read it data or data?
We are going to restart the plants they never sprouted and they were very dry and dead after break, we will compare stomata closure so we will cut a part of the leaf and do the nail polish, count 150 and compare
We have the tops cut off to allow for growth, in the box. We are using all the fans to vary wind speeds.
As far as modifying for moisture loss we figured we just wouldn’t, we would just let the plant die if it couldn’t make it unless you have a suggestion. We may not make a huge focus on the leaf orientation but maybe write up on how it varied. So I’ll upload some photos of how we plan on setting up our experiment once I figure out how to do that. Also, I’m not sure if you’re able to do this, but is there any way you could reexplain this article so I can take notes in our journal that’ll make sense to us, as to actually be useful because this is a seemingly very good article, but we can’t comprehend it so if you could highlight some key points that would be good to jot down in our notebook.
That sounds great! Our research has been pretty skimpy. We do not have very much research as we were waiting to see which seed you would recommended. We have found that they could potentially dry out from losing too much water and they may even grow their leaves a different direction as to be more aero dynamic. Would you recommend just looking at the amount of open and closed stomata instead of mass of stem, or something else?
My name is Jason, and I'm a junior. I'm on the left in the picture.
I love to write music and stories. I also love to watch movies and read comics.
I am interested in working with my group on whether wind affects the growth of plants in the thickness of stems, or whether different solutes in the soil affect the overall growth of plants?
What is your favorite movie?
We are going to study the effects of wind on a plants growth (stem thickness, direction of growth, color, or any other things you believe would be significant to test). Which plant do you think will give best results? We are choosing between soybean, nasturtium, pea, or buckwheat.
Hello everyone - good to meet you. Glad to hear that everyone is excited to get started on your research! A little about me. I am a professor of botany and evolutionary biology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. If you don't know where that is it's in the southwest corner of the state in the area known as the Four Corners - where AZ, UT, NM, and CO all meet. Biologically it's pretty nice as to the north of town we go up into the Rockies and to the south into the deserts.
So what gave you the idea to study seed germination or the effect of wind on plants? Either one would be fine to study. Think about what sounds the most interesting and feasible and let me know your thoughts. Together we can work on the experimental design as you set it up.
And you ask about favorite movie. That's hard. Of recent movies I have to say I liked The Martian - being a botanist I couldn't help but love it when the main character said he was the best botanist on the planet and he saved himself by knowing about botany. As I have an 8-year old son I have to say there has been lots and lots of Star Wars recently. He likes to watch all the movies, particularly the originals and while I try not to I always watch with him since even if I've seen it 20 times I still like it.
You also asked what kind of things I like to grow. I have random house plants, but nothing overly special - I normally do my botanizing out in the wild. We keep a raised bed garden at home. Our mountain soil is pretty bad for growing much. But we do garlic - probably the easiest thing ever, plus various peppers and beans - potatoes too - they tend to do well - and those don't always fall victim to the large number of deer. I live a little out of town so bear and deer are real common. Mountain lion are around too but seeing one is next to impossible. I have a zoologist colleague who has worked here for 20 years and has seen every animal in the area except for the mountain lion.
Let me know your thoughts on setting up your project. Again, good to meet you all.
My name is Anthony and I live on a dairy farm with around 250 animals. I am the person on the right in the picture. I am currently a junior and I am involved in many activities from NHS to 4H. We are interested in either doing a project about wind speed compared to the weight of the plant or different solutes within a water solution compared to the germination of the plant. What types of vegetation do you grow? Thanks
I’m Brett. I’m the Middle one. My main interest is chemistry, I run XC, play basketball, and polevault in track, pacing my XC coach for his 100 mile, and I lift. We are thinking about doing different solutes in water and seeing how it effects germination or setting up fans and seeing if wind speed effects mass of the plant. What is your favorite movie?
My name is Victory and I'll be filling in for your mentor until they can get set up to come assist you during your experiment! I'm super excited to get started and can't wait to hear all of your ideas. Feel free to ask me questions whenever the need arises!
All the best,