|Explore||Before our experiment, we didn't know a whole lot about plants besides that they go through photosynthesis. Through background research, we have learned that plants play an ecological role in agroecosystems. Beyond this, plans play important roles in the production of food, recycling of...|
|Research Question||We decided to test if plants grow better in a biodiverse culture or if they grow better in a monoculture.|
|Predictions||Before our experiment, our hypothesis was...|
|Experimental Design||Our plan was to set up three trials with three seeds. We used Pearl Millet, Peas, and Nasturtium. First, we germinated the seeds for about a week. After they germinated, we planted each specie in their own pot, along with planting all three species together in one pot. Over the course of 22 days,...|
|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?|
|Investigation Theme Copy||WOS|
|Student Level(s)||High School Students (Grades 9,10,11,12)|
We have taken the final data of all of our plants. We support our hypothesis, since the Nasturtium in the community box didn't grow at all, and the pea plants also weren't as tall as they were in the box that they were in alone.
We would really like to thank you for helping us through this project and always responding promptly. You were very helpful with giving us resources and helping us decide which project we wanted to choose. The questions you asked always kept us on track and had us thinking a step ahead! Thank you so much again!
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.
We haven't found anything biological to explain it yet, but we were looking into further research.
We have measured the length of the plants about every 2-3 days, along with leaf sizes. We think we're going to show our data with a dot plot.
We think the main reason that Nasturtium hasn't grown in the community boxes is because it's closer to other plants, but it could possibly be because it has more water. The Nasturtium has sprouted and grown in the pots where it was planted alone.
Our pea plants have been growing very well! They have all sprouted in every contained and have reached up to 13.5 cm! The pearl millet plant has only been growing in one of our community boxed and just started growing alone in one of the singular boxes. The Nasturtium hasn't grown at all in any of the community boxes.. but it just started growing it it's own box, which you can see in one of the photos below!
Our plants sprouted over the weekend! We decided to measure their height in centimeters while using a ruler. So far, the plants in the community box are growing better than the ones planted alone. One possible confounding variable could be the size of the different containers that we planted our seeds in.
Nice it looks good! Have you thought about how you're going to measure the plants? Have you considered any confounding variables in your experiment?
Today we put our germination plants into soil. We have 3 trials of everything (community, and alone). For our community, we used a disposable baking pan, and for our single trials we just used disposable planting cups. I attached pictures of our set-ups and will continue to take pictures as they sprout.
How are your plants growing so far? Have you noticed anything interesting about your different plots yet - the qualitative variables may be easier to assess at the beginning of your experiment. How are you making sure that your constants are truly constants? For example, are you giving a specific amount of water to each plot?
We have decided to go forward with the biodiversity idea. How many trails do you recommend?
Hi Emily! my name is Victoria and i am also a senior at Medford. My hobbies include Riding horses, and spending time with my animals. I am excited to be working with you!