Planting Science M.A.P.S.

Project by group dmsgrayfall2019

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Explore They need sun, nutrients, air, and water to grow. They have leaves that photo-synthisize and create food / energy. They can become flowers, vegetables, fruits, or trees. They start as a seed and grow into their larger form. They have roots that take nutrients from the ground. I watered too much,...
Research Question 1. How does the type of liquid affect how fast the seed germinates? 2. How does the amount of sun affect how long it takes the seed to germinate? 3. How does the amount of air in the plant's environment affect how long it takes the plant to germinate
Predictions A, P & S = If 4 plants are watered with different liquids, then the plant being “watered” with water will grow the fastest. M = if all the plants are being tested then the plant that is being watered with sprite will germinate fastest
Experimental Design Gather Materials SOAK the paper towels with different liquids (lemonade, sprite, water, and milk) Place ten corn seeds on each paper towel Put the paper towels into 4 separate petri dishes Wait for seeds to germinate Record how long it took for the seeds to germinate
Conclusion Water sped up the germination process more than any other liquid. Though milk was also decent, it molded most of the plants, and rendered them useless. Lemonade and sprite seemed to have no effect on the growth, so those liquids are not useful. Water was the best liquid to use because it...
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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.

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PlantingScience Staff
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Looks like you are in the final stages of your projects.
It’s great to see that teams from your school are wrapping up and posting conclusions. Enjoy the final stages of your project, and feel free to post any final comments or questions you have for your mentors.
Donna Hazelwood
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Hi Team M.A.P.S.,

 

Thank you Savannah, Peyton, Matthew and Armond for your feedback and  kind words.  You worked well as a team and were great at tweaking your project to make it better.  You were also a fun group to mentor.  I hope that you will enjoy plants and learning about plants from now on. :)

Have fun in the next upcoming learning opportunities in the 7th grade and in the years ahead.

Plants are so cool,

Donna Hazelwood, Ph.D.

Savannah S
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Thank you so much Ms. Hazelwood for your time and input on our lab! You really helped us tweak our lab to make it better.

Peyton S
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Thank You so much for your time as my mentor.

Matthew W
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Ok sounds good! Also thank you for you advice and time.

Armond T
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Thank you for using your time to help us with this project!

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Savannah S
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Okay will do, thank you so much! 

Donna Hazelwood
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Hi Team M.A.P.S.,

Thank you Armond for posting an updated graph for the team.  You are on the right track. Adding the key is good.   A bit of a tweak on the key would make it better.  The key can be made clear by simply defining A and B. For example, if A is indoor, then the key would be something like

                        A      Indoor, any type of covering that was used, or none

                        B     Outdoor, any type of covering that was used, or none

For the Y axis, would you please provide a bit of clarification for the units of measure for Time to Germinate. For example, days or hours or weeks.  In addition, would you please clarify whether the results for length of time to germinate averages or the range of time during which seeds germinated?  Do you have a record of the number is seeds for each treatment that germinated?

Keep up the good work and have fun! 

Plants are so cool,

Donna Hazelwood, Ph.D.

 

 

 

Donna Hazelwood
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Hi Team M.A.P.S.,

Thank you Armond for posting an updated graph for the team.  You are on the right track. Adding the key is good.   A bit of a tweak on the key would make it better.  The key can be made clear by simply defining A and B. For example, if A is indoor, then the key would be something like

                        A      Indoor, any type of covering that was used, or none

                        B     Outdoor, any type of covering that was used, or none

For the Y axis, would you please provide a bit of clarification for the units of measure for Time to Germinate. For example, days or hours or weeks.  In addition, would you please clarify whether the results for length of time to germinate averages or the range of time during which seeds germinated?  Do you have a record of the number is seeds for each treatment that germinated?

Keep up the good work and have fun! 

Plants are so cool,

Donna Hazelwood, Ph.D.

 

 

 

uploaded Armond - Planting Science Graph.xlsx in project files
Donna Hazelwood
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Hi Team M.A.P.S.,

 

Thank you for posting your graph and, Peyton, thank you for posting your rationale.  Good start.

 

Graphs tell a story so that the reader is given a clear concise summary of your experiment.  In science, the reader is guided through your study and is given enough information to understand the experiment and results.  If units were added to the Y axis, “Time to Germinate”, the reader would get the story clearly and concisely.  

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Peyton S
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The ingredients in the Sprite and Lemonade hindered compared to the Water. I think this is because of the sugar in those to liquids which made it so that the sugar got into the seeds and kind of "killed" the seeds.

Armond T
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Donna Hazelwood
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Hi Team M.A.P.S.,

Thank you Team M.A.P.S..  Well done.  To give your conclusion a bit of impact, making use of your measurements is the next step in the world of science.  Will you be measuring the seeds and the new growth?  Will you be recording length, color and whether the new growth emerged from similar locations on the seed? If you get a chance, look up the ingredients for Sprite and lemonade. Look for similar and different ingredients.  If you make a list of ingredients for both Sprite and lemonade, we can visit about the effects that the ingredients might have on seed germination.  Here is a fun hint for you.  In order to germinate a seed needs to first absorb water.  So, do the ingredients in Sprite and/or lemonade help or hinder the absorption of water by seeds?

Have fun putting all of your information together to make a cool story to share.  Scientists do this  for each experiment.  :)

Plants are so cool,

Donna Hazelwood, Ph.D.

Armond T
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Top Left  Sprite

Top Right  Water

Bottom Left  Lemonade

Bottom Right  Milk

Armond T
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Armond T
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Based on our results we believe that water is the fastest growing liquid.

 

Donna Hazelwood
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Hi Team M.A.P.S.,

Thank you for the update, spokesperson Armond.  With only two days left, you are correct, continuing with your current set-up is a reasonable course of action. Keep close watch on your seeds and look for changes in size of the seeds that have not yet germinated.  Are they larger, same size, or smaller than seeds that are dry and have not been subject to water or any other treatment. Are the seeds firm or soft? Changes in color?This information may be of interest.

Good luck on your project. Have fun.

Plants are so cool,

Donna Hazelwood, Ph.D.

Armond T
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there are also only two days to experiment left so changing the liquids now could mess with results

Armond T
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OK. We'll think about dilutions. So far neither sprite nor lemonade seeds have sprouted, so we may end up doing those.