vcsgeorgespring2020 project 1

Project by group vcsgeorgespring2020

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Explore Plants are all unique in their own ways, but are mostly known to all be able to produce their own food called glucose. Based on a reliable (.org) source I found: “The principal environmental requirements for plant growth include adequate space for root and canopy development, sufficient light,...
Research Question Does a hydroponics system with brown rice-based starch added to the water increase the growing speed of cherry tomato plants faster than a hydroponics system without added starch water from the rice?
Predictions If brown rice-based starch water is added to one hydroponics system and not added to an identical one, then the system with the brown rice starch-based water will contain plants that grow at a more rapid pace.
Experimental Design Boil water with brown rice for five minutes (ratio: 1 cup water to 1 cup rice) Cool water and pour into the soil of the plant Poor control water into an identical plant at the same time Place control cherry tomatoes in the same environment Measure the amount of water per plant equally each...
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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Chessa
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I'm bummed the pandemic stopped the project, I was really looking forward to the experiment. Thanks for all your support! :)

Daphne
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Marina,

Prom is said to be July 21st, I know its crazy! Well I wish you the best in Vienna, I wish I could travel to places like that, hopefully, someday when I am older. The weather in Idaho is bi-polar! I would love to bike too, but all my tires are popped and I never have the time to fix them. What brings you to Vienna, do you live there?

Happy Monday!

    Marina Borges Osorio
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    Dear Daphne,

    What brought me to Vienna was work. I am on my first science research job after my PhD in Botany. It seems like a great place to live and to visit indeed, although so far most of my time here has been in quarantine mode. So I'm looking forward to being able to explore more in the future. The weather is quite nice now too, luckily spring here isn't bipolar as over there. 

    Well, I hope you can find some time to get your bike tyres fixed somehow, and that the prom issue will be sorted in a suitable way. I also hope you can continue to be excited and intrigued about science in the future and can get a chance to do some real-life experiments, and of course, visit many cool places. I suppose that's a plus of being a scientist, we often have that chance!

    All the best, and take care!

    Marina

PlantingScience Staff
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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.

After the end of the session, we will be updating the platform and archiving groups and projects, after which time new updates/posts will not be able to be added to projects or groups. Please come back and visit the https://plantingscience.org/projects/browse”>PlantingScience Project Gallery anytime to view this project in the future. You can search the Gallery by keyword, team name, topic, or school name.

Good bye for now & warm regards,

The PlantingScience team

Daphne
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Marina, 

I am going on walks and enjoying the sun on my skin, I love nature! Turns out prom is still on if you can believe that, but I don't know if I will be attending. This really is a unique time, I think, to better your relationship with the people you are, for a lack of a better word, stuck with. I'm just being lazy and having fun with the lack of schedule, although it can be boring.

Thank you for all your help and support!!!

    Marina Borges Osorio
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    Hi Daphne,

    Great you're going for walks and enjoying the sun, keeps your energy and vitamins high which is vital for times like these. I go out for jogs, walks or bike rides on a daily basis too here in Vienna. Plus, spring is especially a beautiful time to appreciate nature!

    Oh wow, when is your prom supposed to happen? It sounds like some things in the US are still not quite cancelled, but maybe they're just waiting to see how things progress...

    It was my pleasure helping you guys out, and I apologize if this season didn't allow you guys to actually test your experiment, but I hope it gave you a grasp of what plant scientists have to consider when doing research...

    All the best,

    Marina

    McKena
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    Yeah, I don't think I'm going to that. I would if it was during the school ear and not in, what June. But when its after the school year, I'll be busy getting a job, getting things ready for college. I might not have the time to go. 

    Going outside is fun to do during this time. There no people to bother you. hahaha! I hope we are able to see each other one last time in person though. 

Jessica Septon
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Hi Team,

Great work on your project progress.  Sorry to hear the project did not turn out as hoped due to the pandemic problems.  Great work on researching what others have done.  Often times that is the best way to learn about experiments and how to make them better.  It also teaches you how others set up their experiments, write up data and conclusions, and work thru different problems.  

Sorry it took very long to get back, I was not getting the notification updates :(  I really appreciate all your hard work you all have done.  Very awesome!!

I hope everyone is well and safe and making good use of your extra time.  

Have a great day and stay safe!

Jessica

    Marina Borges Osorio
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    Dear Jessica,

    I'm sorry to hear you haven't been receiving notifications lately. I have no idea what might've happened! It was a pleasure working with you during these crazy times, hopefully things will be back on track for the next term of PS!

    Take care!

Daphne
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Dear Mentor,

How can we complete this project if we do not have a hydroponics system within reach, or the means of doing this experiment together?

Good evening!

    Marina Borges Osorio
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    Dear Daphne,

    I think the message below was automated. Of course, we're running an extraordinary PS season, so you are unable to actually complete the project. But I think you guys did a great job in looking for other accomplished experiments that would help you anticipate your results. And yes, it looks like the work from Dr Teh indicates that you would likely get your hypothesis confirmed in your own trials. 

    Chessa, since you've mentioned the NPK treatment, would you know what does it stand for? NPK fertilizers are widely used in agriculture, and there's a special reason for that...wondering if it's clear for you why? Also, would you be able to reason why was this treatment introduced in their experiment? 

    On a different note, how are you guys coping with the shutdown? How do you find ways to stay motivated during these unprecedented times? 

    Stay healthy and safe!

    Marina

PlantingScience Staff
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Hello 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

Daphne
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Dear Mentors, 

Only difference in their plan as opposed to ours, besides the addition of a third experiment using fertilizer, we plan to use brown rice. This is because it has not been bleached and as processed as white rice, taking away more nutrients, so we are hoping for even better results. 

Thank you,

              Daphne

Chessa
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Sorry if that posted twice or anything else strange. This website does not seem to like my home computer very much. 

Chessa
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Hi! 

Our group did a bit of searching, and eventually found other people who were also interested in the benefits of using rice water on plants. One thing that stuck out to us was an article written by Dr. Christopher Teh with University Putra Malaysia on an experiment done that looked similar to what our experiment would have ended up looking like. They did something we thought was smart however, and did not have just a rice water and no rice water batch of the plant they used. They used Water Spinach, and had three groups. One was watered with average tap water, one was watered with the rice water, and the third one was treated with a “NPK 15:15:15 Fertilzer”. The end results showed that “using water from washed rice is as effective as NPK fertilizer in promoting plant growth, at least in terms of the number of plant leaves produced and the higher plant biomass (fresh)” (Teh). 

This article also looks at the specific nutrients that are contained in rice, and how much of the nutrients are gained in the water used after the rice has been washed/cooked. This has further strengthened the group's belief that we could replicate this experiment, and have positive results from the rice watered group of plants. 

Here is the article:

http://www.christopherteh.com/blog/2017/11/washed-rice-water/

Here is some information on Dr. Teh and some more of his research: 

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Christopher_Teh

Daphne
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Dear Marina, 

Thank you, we believe further research is a great idea. We have just finished a virtual meeting and are now all looking for scholarly articles of past conducts of this experiment. Hope we find what we need!

Have a great morning!

Daphne
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Dear Mentors,

It turns out we don't exactly have access to a Hydroponics system any longer, unless we go back to school with enough time to grow our cherry tomato plant. Plus, we can't get together as a group to do this project as one. What should we do maybe instead, or should we continue adding research and perfecting this idea then find an already grown cherry tomato plant and do the experiment as soon as we are back at school (we still don't know when that will be)?

Thank you,

          Daphne

    Marina Borges Osorio
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    Dear Daphne,

    Please see my message below. I think you guys could do some more research on the literature about your hypothesis, as I mentioned earlier. No need to worry about your plants at school now. :) 

    Usually, before starting up a project, scientists need to look for as much information as we can on what has already been done so far that's related to the topic we're studying, to ensure our proposed hypothesis is based on scientific evidence. From previous tests and experiments, we can actually try to infer what we would expect to happen in our future experiment (our hypothesis) as well as try to infer what works and what doesn't (in terms of experimental setups and analyses). 

    How about you guys do some virtual chat, or an online meeting (via Zoom perhaps? but any app you prefer to use is fine!) to try and split up the group and each individual can look for more information on some particular aspect of your project and write a paragraph, or a page?

    How does that sound? I understand you guys must've been so excited to start your actual experiments, and guess what? So was I! I'm actually on the same boat as you, and I think most scientists are too at the moment...we're unable to start up new experiments, and have to work on literature search and project writing instead. But good project planning is actually an essential part of scientific research! 

    Have a great day! :)

Daphne
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Greetings mentors!

We are all stuck at home in what everyone is calling self-quarantine and aren't supposed to leave due to a recent bill that was passed in Idaho, unless in need of the essentials of course. Who knows when we will get to go back to school, but for sure the month of April is online teaching. We haven't yet communicated as a group, because the last week and this week became our spring break, but we will all be on online school starting Monday. I will look into the Info Section, thank you for all your help. :)

Hope you are safe and healthy as well!

    Marina Borges Osorio
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    Dear Daphne,

    Happy to hear from you! Yes, it is a pretty unusual situation that we are all going through. It's probably not so nice having a spring break in such conditions, but hopefully, you guys could at least have a good rest and remained healthy.

    Clearly we're all having to adapt with massive amounts of online content, so glad to see you guys are keen to continue doing your preliminary research and communicating with us during this quarantine season. 

    I think your team's idea is quite interesting and unusual too. Could you guys perhaps try to find out from the scientific literature additional past examples of these kinds of experiments using rice wastewater before? You've got me curious! Also, it could be good to put some more thought in your materials required and methods... :)

    Cheers,

    Your liaison

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Marina Borges Osorio
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Hi everyone,

I'd like to encourage you, while you're home, to start filling up your project details on the Info Section above. This will help you have clear planning of what are your project expectations and research methods once you're back to school! And please, ask mentors as many questions as you wish! :)

Stay safe and healthy!

Chessa
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Our group, after looking around more at some of the different variables that go into growing a plant, was wondering if instead of focusing on the dirt and soil aspects of planting, we could focus on the water aspect of a hydroponics system and how focusing more on the water being taken into the hydroponics system can affect the yield of a plant. We stumbled across some things on certain rices containing amounts of energy that can be trapped in the water used to cook the rice. We were curious to see if mixing some brown-rice water into the system water would affect the growing speed of cherry tomatoes in our hydroponics system due to the energy within some of the starch in brown rice. Next week we plan to set up two separate systems to test this. 

    Jessica Septon
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    Hi all,

    That sounds like a very interesting experiment with the rice.  Excellent idea!  I can't wait to hear how the experiment will be set up and the results from it.  Great job all!!

    Also, it is very important to be cautious and not rush as in doing so one can definitely make mistakes and/or miss important steps.  That is something important I am glad you all got to learn!

    Have a great day,

    Jessica

    Marina Borges Osorio
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    This is very interesting, Chessa! I agree with Jessica that this could be a very cool experiment. My advice for the time that you guys are home is to fill up your project sections above (Explore, research questions, etc). This way Jessica can give you more feedback and you'll have a well planned project when you're back at school!

Chessa
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Hi! Something our group has been brainstorming as a topic to look into is, "What kind of variables would we want to focus on manipulating, when dealing with the growth of a food-baring plant in an Aquaponics system?" For example, what could we supply or change in the plant's growth process, specifically, to help our plant yield a larger amount of food? 

    Marina Borges Osorio
    said

    Hi Chessa, that's very interesting. Perhaps you guys can do some research now on what are the basic requirements for plant growth?

    Cheers,

    Jessica Septon
    said

    Hi Chessa,

    Good brainstorming!  What have you all learned in class about what plants need to grow?  How can you use what you have learned to set up your project steps?

    Have a great day,

    Jessica

    Chessa
    said

    In our class, the importance of being cautious when following procedures and collecting data that could affect an environment and understanding any possible consequences of rushing that process is really focused on. I think a reminder from this, that rushing through data can have consequences, will be a good thing to remember when completing this project and can help to receive more reliable results. 

Marina Borges Osorio
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Hi everyone,

Nice to see that you already have such a broad view on the importance of plants in agriculture as well as in natural ecosystems...

Given that you'll be growing some crops yourselves during this session, I was wondering in you have already been brainstorming about how would you like to develop your project? What research question(s) would you like to answer?

Cheers, 

Daphne
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Jessica,

I have learned a lot about the environment in class so far, such as, wetlands, economies, policies, renewable energy resources, and more. We are currently learning about Climate Change. Something that interests me about plants is the fact that they have a whole cycle for their food process that you can't even see. A plant is working hard to make glucose for it's own nutrition, and to a human all they see is a plant that needs water. I am simply summing the process up, but you get my point.

I hope you have a great day as well!

Daphne

Jackson
said

Hello! I am Jackson, I am currently a sophmore at a smaller school called Vision Charter School. I live in Caldwell, Idaho. Things I love to do in Idaho include going camping, fishing, and going to the mall!

    Jessica Septon
    said

    Hi Jackson,

    Welcome to the Team!

    Idaho is a great state to go camping and fishing! What sort of fish do you try to catch?  Do you reel or fly fish or both?  I have fly fished a few times... I am not that good at it, haha!  I did catch a stick in the water and a tree branch on a tree.

    Australia was pretty cool.  I lived in Melbourne most of the time.  I did travel and spent a couple months living in Queensland before I settled in Melbourne.  It is odd that living in the southern part of the country was the "colder" part of the country... the opposite of how it works here i.e. colder up north and warmer in the south.  

    My fave part was the yummy food and going surfing.  I had never surfed until I went there.  It was lots of fun and challenging.

    Have a great day,

    Jessica

Chessa
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Hi! I wanted to introduce myself in order to become more familiar with my team and mentor before things get started. My name is Chessa, I am in 11th grade at Vision Charter School in Caldwell, ID. I am currently participating in this program in my Environmental Science class, and hope to learn more about agronomy and plant-based sciences, which is something I personally am very interested in and passionate about. 

    Jessica Septon
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    Hi Chessa,

    Welcome to the Team!

    Very cool you get to participate with your Enviro Class!

    What do you find the most interesting about the plant sciences?

    Have a great day,

    Jessica 

    Chessa
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    What I find most interesting about plant sciences is how unique and useful the properties of a plant can be, and how they can be used if someone is curious enough to investigate. It opens up a new window for me personally into why it is so important to really understand the hidden potentials we're surrounded by within plants on a day-to-day basis. 

    Where do you enjoy going rock climbing? 

    Jessica Septon
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    Hi Chessa,

    Very good observation about plants.  There are so many hidden potentials with plants.  Hopefully one day you will get to research and discover some of those every day potentials!  How cool!

    I really enjoy climbing in Grand Teton National Park and in southern Utah (because it looks like Mars and has really cool landscape features).

    Have a great day,

    Jessica

Jessica Septon
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Hi Team,

Just checking in... how is the project brainstorming going?  Any cool ideas or topics you all would like to focus on for your project?

Have a great day!

Jessica

Marina Borges Osorio
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Hi everyone,

One cool thing to do at this stage would be to think of a team name, and perhaps a photo or image that represents your team. How does that sound?

Jessica Septon
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Hi all,

Welcome to the Team.  I am totally excited to be helping you all with your project.

My name is Jessica and I have been participating with Planting Science for many years, like 10 or so.  It's so much fun!

A little bit about me... I completed my Graduate Degree in Geology/Earth Science at the University of Melbourne - Australia.  Sorry, I am not Australian :)  I wanted to go live in other places.  My studies focused on ancient river environments as well as the fauna, flora, climate, etc. of the studied areas.  

In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, skiing, exploring new places and learning new topics in school.  Most of all I love spending time with my new baby girl.  She loves going on adventures, too.

I can't wait to hear project brainstorming ideas!

Happy Wednesday!

Jessica

    Jackson
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    Hey Jessica!

    What was it like in Australia? What was your favorite part?

McKena
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Hello, my name is McKena. I am from Vision Charter school and I am in Mr. George's Environmental Class. I am excited to see what we learn from doing this project. I love to color and listen to music. I also enjoy being outdoors. 

    Jessica Septon
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    Hi McKena,

    Thanks for joining the Team!

    What music do you like to listen to? 

    What have you learned about plants so far in class?

    Happy Wednesday, 

    Jessica 

    McKena
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    I enjoy listening mainly to country, classical rock, and musicals. I have learned that plants need to live in an environment where they are able to sustain nutrients needed. They also need water and the sunlight to live. If I am correct I believe plants need a certain alkalinity and PH level in the soil in order to survive. Invasive plants can remove nutrients and take over areas that native plants need to survive. I also know that there are things that can kill plants inside the house. I learned this because I did an experiment for ISEF on it. This is pretty much all I know about plants. 

    Where do you enjoy rock climbing the most?

    McKena

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Daphne
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Hi! I am Daphne. I am a 10th grader at Vision Charter and am excited for this opportunity. I am from Idaho, which as you know is famous for hunting, fishing, all the outdoors activities you can think of! I love exploring nature and am really interested in the Australian region- New Zealand in particular. I cannot wait to learn more for my future ventures. :)

    Jessica Septon
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    Hi Daphne,

    Thanks for joining the Team!

    Yes, Idaho is a great place to be outdoors! I do enjoy spending lots of time in nature.  It's so cool!

    New Zealand is very beautiful and green! I was only there for a few hours, long enough to go into the city from the airport. Meaning a long layover flying back into Australia. 

    What have you learned in class so far? What about plants is cool to you?

    Have a great day,

    Jessica

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Marina Borges Osorio
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Hello everyone,

Welcome to a new session of PlantingScience! I am the liaison for this group, and my role is to facilitate the conversation between this group of students and your mentors when it is needed.

Other than being your liaison, I'm a Plant Biologist, originally from Brazil. I did my PhD in Australia and now starting my first postdoc position at IST-Austria. I mainly work with plants in the lab and glasshouse or growing chambers, trying to understand at the molecular and physiological levels how plants respond and adapt to different stressors, such as pests, drought or nutrient availability. 

It would be nice if you could please introduce yourselves (first names only), tell us in what year you are at school, perhaps something interesting about your home region in the US or some fun facts you've learnt in your science classes :)

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