Team SAM

Project by group wsukenyonwosfall2017

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Explore We know that basil is used for flavoring when cooking. The leaves are used for healing.
Research Question Will warmer temperatures make basil germination rates higher?
Predictions We are predicting that basil will have a higher germination rate when the seeds are placed into a warm area.
Experimental Design We are going to put the basil seeds in 3 separate petri dishes. One at room temperature, and the other two at increasing temperatures.
Conclusion Basil seeds grow best when the temperatures are lower and when they have a lot of moisture. Our data presents a few possible conclusions. One conclusion is that we did not use the necessary amount of water, either too much or not enough. We also did not put a rubber band on top of the lid to keep...
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Cari Ritzenthaler
said

I'm so glad to have been able to help you all with your project! Thank you for updating your conclusions! Have a great rest of the year!

Megan
said

Cari,

Thank you so much for helping with our project. It helped knowing we had someone along the way to help us. I appreciate your help.

Megan

Sarah
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Cari Ritzenthaler
said

Hey team! Before you go, would you update your conclusion section in the info tab? It's important for those who want to look at the amazing work you've done here even after you've gone!

    Sarah
    said

    Sure will! Thanks again Cari!

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Alicia
said

Cari,

I just wanted to personally say thank you for your help and input with our germination project. Your insight really helped us in putting everything together. I hope you take away just as much as I did from this project and I wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors!

 

Thanks,

Alicia

    Cari Ritzenthaler
    said

    I'm so glad to hear I've helped! I'm glad you enjoyed your project! I'm looking forward to all the amazing science you'll do in the future :) 

Sarah
said

Hi Cari,

Thank you so much for all of your help with our germination project! Could we have your email so that we can send you our final project powerpoint?

Thanks again, 

Sarah

Sarah
said

Today we finished up the experiment. There was no germination in any of the seeds. Two reasons why we think there may have been no germination is too much water added and maybe because there was no rubber band around the lid to trap condensation, thus not allowing air to escape from the dishes. 

    Cari Ritzenthaler
    said

    Ahh, yes, I can see why those both would be issues! But it's good that you realize those are the problems you may have had because an important part of your conclusions will be what you could have done better. 

Sarah
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Today we watered all of our seeds. There was no germination at all in any of our seeds. Len said that just because no germination is occurring, we still have a lot of data because having no germination is still good data, we just have to make sure we do really well on interpreting and making good use of the no growth.

    Cari Ritzenthaler
    said

    He's absolutely right! No data is still data! It's a hard thing to realize and interpret well. I'm here to help if you need it though!

Sarah
said

Today we watered all of our seeds. They were pretty dry from no water over the weekend. We decided that since they have been really dried out with only 30 ml of water, that we should add 60 ml of water to all of the dishes. One of the heating pads are at 30 degrees. One of the heating pads are at 40 degrees. The two dishes that are not on the heating pad are at 19 degrees. 

    Cari Ritzenthaler
    said

    Wow, that's a big difference! I think it's a good call to be adding more water. Hopefully it'll help! Have you see any growth yet?

Alicia
said

Today we checked on our seeds, no growth so far. We added more water to them because they looked pretty dry probably because of being on the heat. We are thinking the cooler of the warm temperatures will sprout first! 

    Cari Ritzenthaler
    said

    Always important to watch the water levels! Especially while heating. If you don't keep up, it could give you a false result where the heated ones won't grow because of lack of water.

Cari Ritzenthaler
said

Hey team! Sounds like your project set up went well! I like that you added another room temperature treatment, it's always good to have another control. Also, great addition to test two different temperatures! Which do you think will germinate first?

Alicia
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Sarah
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We decided that we should add two more dishes to have a total of 6 dishes. We now will have two dishes on one heating pad, two dishes on a heating pad with medium level heat, and then two dishes on room temperature. We added two dishes in order to test two different heat temperatures. 

Alicia
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Sarah
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Day 1 (10/30): 

Today we set up the germination project. 

- Temperature of the classroom: Range=68-70 degrees. 

- Same amount of water in each dish (3 ml spread evenly throughout each dish). 

- 4 seeds in each dish. 

- We labeled each of the seeds in the dishes: A, B, C, D.

- Dish 1: room temp

- Dish 2: room temp

- Dish 3: Heat 1

- Dish 4: Heat 2 

- We placed the room temperature dish on the counter beneath a window. 

- We placed the two heat dishes together on one heating pad. 

- We decided today that we should add one more room temperature dish in order to develop consistency and continuity throughout.

Len Kenyon
said

Supplies procured:
petri dishes
seeds
filter paper

Do not yet have: 2 heating pads. You will have to adjust and use just one pad if I can get it.

Cari Ritzenthaler
said

Will the two dished on heating pads be kept at different temperatures? Or the same temp.? 

Megan
said

Today in class we discussed further what we will be doing for our project. In our project we will be using petry dishes and filament paper so we will not be able to incorporate worms. We will be putting 2 of 3 petry dishes on a heating pad and the other will be our control. We are putting 4 seeds in each dish, and we are counting the number of seeds that germinate. We plan to put the seeds at two different temperatures on the heating pads, and we are predicting that the seeds placed in a higher temperature will have a higher germination rate.

Cari Ritzenthaler
said

I just read your project info, I'm really interested in your project idea! It's important to understand how temperature is going to affect plant growth! Worms are important too, but a little harder to control that temperature We can talk about what worms do to the soils though if you're interested!

Megan
said

Hello,

I am Megan. I look forward to working with you.

Alicia
said

Hello Cari, my name is Alicia, it's so nice to meet you! I'm looking forward to working on this project with you!

 

Sarah
said

Hi Everyone! 

It's nice to meet you all. My name is Sarah. Cari, I have a long haired miniature weiner dog too! 

Alicia
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