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PlantingScience *STAR* Project Gallery

Congratulations to Spring 2019 Star Project award-winning teams!

Sharing information and ideas to improve thinking for all is a very important part of science. In this section, we highlight a few exemplary research projects. We profile student teams at each age level whose overall research was strong, and who did an exceptional job at one or more aspects of science research and communication. The Star Projects listed on this page highlight some of the best projects nominated by our scientist mentors and teachers. Take a look at the hard work middle and high school students are doing around the world!

To see the Fall 2016 Star Projects, click here!

To see the Spring 2017 Star Projects, click here!

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To see the Spring 2018 Star Projects, click here!

To see the Fall 2018 Star Projects, click here!


Team Name Why is it a STAR project? How can other teams learn from what this team has done? School Category(ies) Nominated by:

CEMT ✧・゚: *✧・゚:*

This team did a great job of planning their project and communicating with their mentor. When they were planning their project, they realized that their original research question could not be done properly and so they pivoted to a new research question. They also communicated their results very passionately to their mentor. Overall, this team did a great job of staying involved! This team really embraced the scientific process and all the problems that came their way. Their initial research plan was very unique, however they realized that it would be difficult to do. The team then did a great job of being flexible when this happened, and they developed a new project that they passionately worked on. This team demonstrated qualities of great scientists that we all can learn from: both passion and adaptability. DeWitt Middle School Planning Your Study, Doing Investigations, Making Sense of Findings, Online Communication, Recording Your Ideas Eleanore Ritter, Scientist Liaison

Friyay

This team did an excellent job of communicating with their mentor. They took their mentor's feedback into account when they were planning the experiment, and they also kept their mentor updated with their schedule consistently. The team also did an amazing job of taking organized notes during their study. This team did a great job of communicating with their mentor and making the most of having a scientist mentor! They frequently asked for feedback from their mentor, and kept the mentor in the loop consistently throughout the project. DeWitt Middle School Planning Your Study, Doing Investigations, Making Sense of Findings, Online Communication, Recording Your Ideas Eleanore Ritter, Scientist Liaison

Cactus-Røse

This team has been enthusiastic - even when faced with some setbacks, and have had great questions for their mentor. They have done a great job with plant care, measurements and communicating their findings. This team excelled at documenting qualitative and quantitative observations in their journals. This group was very conscientious about documenting their observations and put a lot of work into recording their data. They have also created graphs that are easy to read and they've come up with reasons for why some of their plants didn't grow. Nottingham School Planning Your Study, Doing Investigations, Recording Your Ideas Rebecca Buzzell, Teacher

Darth Tater

This group showed so much enthusiasm and went beyond their initial investigation to include anything that might be infecting potatoes, including mold. They posted many photographs and spent quality time communicating with their mentor. Though the results of the actual experiment were not completely clear, the group recognized that 'plants get sick, too', a concept that had not occurred to them previously. Darth Tater teammates approached the idea that plants get sick, too with enthusiasm and so many questions! Because of early observations they made in their initial potatoes, they used the experimental platform to include other plant infections, not only the potato soft rot. They communicated with their mentors frequently and posted many photographs that helped document the plant diseases they encountered. Mercy McAuley High School Online Communication, Recording Your Ideas, Innovation: Going Beyond the PlantingScience Project Sharon Harris, Teacher

sffsporterspring2019 project 6

The team's focus and dedication to their project made this project stand out. The team members demonstrated initiative and responsibility for their work. They communicated frequently with their mentor who gave them an immense amount of support on their project. This team had a great rapport with their mentor, Mason Kamalani Chock. Their relationship helped them push themselves beyond their expectations. Their mentor contributed many things to the project that helped the entire class grow and learn. San Francisco Friends School Planning Your Study, Doing Investigations, Making Sense of Findings, Making Presentations, Online Communication, Recording Your Ideas Jeff Porter, Teacher

peypeyjames group

Good communication between mentor and students. Students actively used mentor and mentor's answers as a resource to plan/correct their study. Excellent communication with mentor, proactivity. Mentor gave some suggestions and encouraged team to work further or to wait for results. DeWitt Middle School Planning Your Study, Doing Investigations, Making Sense of Findings Zivko Jovanovic, Scientist Liaison

Plant Popping Botanists

The effort and dedication demonstrated by this student group is what makes this a star project. They spend a great deal of time doing background research and communicating with their mentor prior to setting up their experiment. They were detailed in collecting data in a consistent manner without needing reminders. This team of students spent a great deal of time planning their experiment. They used scientific journals and communication with their mentor to have a detailed plan together prior to set up. They researched topics such as biodiversity and ecosystems. Throughout their project, they took detailed notes and measurements without needing reminders. They had a mix of both quantitative and qualitative data. They were diligent in recording data in their science notebook. In addition to being organized, these students used their mentor as a resource on a regular basis. Medford High School Planning Your Study, Online Communication, Recording Your Ideas Nichole Schelling, Teacher

fchslashspring2019 project 7

The students in this project were very excited about flowers, once they learned about the parts. They greatly improved their microscopy skills and collected and studied many of the flowers they encountered. They went above and beyond the minimal requirements, and they were always engaged in some research in class. This team found personal relevance in the project. They could no longer walk past flowers and not study them. They knew the structures and the importance of the structures. They didn't see wildflowers as weeds anymore, rather, flowers that needed to be studied under the scope. Franklin County High School Doing Investigations Frances Lash, Teacher

Bubble Guppies

1) Students truly went above and beyond working through their projects and thought outside of the box comparing plant growth differences between hydroponics, aquaponics and convention farming. They also maintained a clean and clear notebook throughout the project and responded to their mentor numerous times.

2) "Bubble Guppies" did a great job communicating with their mentor through the PlantingScience platform. This demonstrated the power of communication and how online mentoring can be very helpful! Being responsive, and consistently taking their mentor's feedback into consideration are the top qualities of this team!

1) This team provides a great example of how to consistently communicate with your mentor and grow from them. They also demonstrate what a well illustrated notebook looks like. In science it is important to provide visuals with your findings so that others can follow along or see what you are seeing. This team also thought outside of the box and went beyond just using soil as a medium to grow their radishes in.

2) "Bubble Guppies" did a great job at communicating with their mentor through the PlantingScience platform. This demonstrated the power of communication and how online mentoring can be very helpful! Being responsive, and consistently taking their mentor's feedback into consideration are the top qualities of this team!

Mendota High School Doing Investigations, Online Communication 1) Bradley Miranda, Teacher; 2) Pornpipat Kasemsap, Scientist Liaison

Watermelloons

This team really surprised me, in the best way, and was such a delight to work with. They excelled in project design, conducting the experiments, communication with me and between themselves, and were extremely thoughtful in their questions and responses to my answers. They successfully incorporated feedback on their project design and even replicated their experiment when they got unexpected results. From what I can tell, their in-class presentation also looked pretty great. This team did a great job discussing and explaining their rationale, designing their experiment, and incorporating feedback. They were a joy to mentor and a great role model for other teams. San Francisco Friends School Planning Your Study, Doing Investigations, Making Sense of Findings, Making Presentations, Online Communication, Recording Your Ideas, Innovation: Going Beyond the PlantingScience Project Angela McDonnell, Scientist Liaison