Crazy Coconuts :)

Project by group nebuzzellspring2017

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Explore We know that plants need certain things to survive ( water, sunlight etc.). We also know that different plants have different time-frames on how long it takes to grow. In class, we learned what agronomy is and we learned the correct pH level for plants. We also learned that if the weather is...
Research Question We want to study the affect of different soil temperatures on plant growth. We came up with this question because we were wondering how different plants grow in different soil temperatures. The soil temperatures will represent different climates and how the temperature in those climates affect...
Predictions A possible outcome is that the cooler weather will slow down plant growth because the plant doesn't thrive in temperatures other than what it is used to. We think the warm weather will dry the plant out because the warm temperature will take the moisture out of the plant.
Experimental Design Supplies: -12 plastic cups - 24 radish seeds 2 in each cup - 3 thermometers - soil filled to the first line in the plastic cup - 25 ml of water every other day per cup - 1 light bulb First, we set up one light bulb underneath the container.( see updates page to see how we set up...
Conclusion The warm bin pants grew heather and taller than the cold and controlled bins. One explanation is that the moister from the cap being on the warm bin ( acting like a greenhouse) made the plants more damp helping them grow at a faster rate and making them stronger. An explanation for the cold bin...
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michayla
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michayla
said

Hi Steven

I just wanted to let you know that I have attached our journals and power point to the files page. 

-Michayla 

michayla
said

Hi Steven

I just wanted to let you know that I have attached our journals and power point to the files page. 

-Michayla 

michayla
uploaded The Effects of Temperature on Plant Growth.pptx in project files
michayla
uploaded PlantingScienceJournal-Emmie.pdf in project files
michayla
uploaded PlantingScienceJournal-Michael.pdf in project files
michayla
uploaded PlantingScienceJournal-Michayla.pdf in project files
Steven Thomas Callen
said

It's been great working with you, Crazy Coconuts. I was excited each day in anticipation of your posts, and I was pleased that you were able to be creative about your projects.

I thought that your results were very interesting, although you didn't draw very many conclusions about the weight of the plants, only growth. As silly as this sounds, if I were a radish farmer, I would want radishes, and the bigger the better, and I'd care less about the above ground biomass. While you didn't have enough time for radishes to develop fully, I wonder if your weight data, where the control weighed more than both experimental groups, suggest that these control conditions would produce bigger radishes. It would be something to possibly test in the future.

I hope you all maintain your excitement and enthusiasm for science! Keep up the good work!

Steven

    Steven Thomas Callen
    said

    Also, if you have a PowerPoint presentation, please upload it so I can see how cool it was!

emilia
said

Steven

This session of planting science has been such a great learning experience. We would have hoped for better results but that is just what happens in an experiment. We all greatly appreciate the help and encouragement that you gave us and our project. In the end we could not have had a better more helpful mentor. 

Thank you,

Michael, Michayla, and Emmie 

emilia
said

Steven

This session of planting science has been such a great learning experience. We would have hoped for better results but that is just what happens in an experiment. We all greatly appreciate the help and encouragement that you gave us and our project. In the end we could not have had a better more helpful mentor. 

Thank you,

Michael, Michayla, and Emmie 

emilia
said

Steven

This session of planting science has been such a great learning experience. We would have hoped for better results but that is just what happens in an experiment. We all greatly appreciate the help and encouragement that you gave us and our project. In the end we could not have had a better more helpful mentor. 

Thank you,

Michael, Michayla, and Emmie 

Rebecca Buzzell
said

Hi Team,

As we are finishing up, please make sure that each team member has updated and uploaded their journal, and that you have posted a short summary of your conclusion and how it relates to agronomy, and then upload your final presentation (ppt) - you should be completely done by Tuesday. Make sure you thank your mentor, too!

Rebecca Buzzell
said

Michayla,

I saw your post - the radishes did grow, but yours had not developed enough to be recognizable as radishes - they were still pretty young. They would have to grow longer in order to develop fully. 

Steven Thomas Callen
said

Thanks for keeping me updated and letting me know you are finished with the experimental part of your project (and will be on vacay next week).

I noticed that you suggest in your conclusions that the warmer plants "grew healthier and taller," but is this statement actually reflected in your data? I agree that the cold plants performed less well than both, but, with the exception of the final 2 days, the control plants were taller (but not by much). Also, you noted that the control plants were much heavier than the heat/cold treated plants. Does this suggest that heat or cold was beneficial or not to the plants?

If you were to change your conclusions based on your presented evidence, what would you say?

michayla
said

Hi Steven, 

We have vacation all of next week. Just wanted to let you know because we will not be working on our project during this time.

Thanks, 

Michayla 

PlantingScience Staff
said

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. 

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. 

Please come back and visit the PlantingScience Research Gallery Archive anytime (Found under Community>Projects) to view this project in the future. You can search the Archive by key word, team name, topic, or school name.

Good bye for now. 
Warm regards,
The PlantingScience team

michayla
uploaded graph.jpg in project files
michayla
said

Hi steven 

Today we dumped out our plants, unfortunately we had no radishes growing. We weighed the plants and the warm was 0.3 grams, Cold 0.2 grams, and controlled 1.6 grams. 

Steven Thomas Callen
said

Glad to hear things are starting to wrap up for you. Thanks for sharing your data and figure with me. What does your graph tell you about your plants and treatments? It seems unusual to me that height decreases... I assume this doesn't mean that somehow your plants actually got smaller! Is this an effect of your plants dying or lodging too much?

michael
uploaded graph.pdf in project files
michayla
said

Hi steven, 

Today is the last day of measuring. However, this will not be the last day of the whole thing.  

michayla
said

Hi steven, 

Today is the last day of measuring. However, this will not be the last day of the whole thing.  

michael
said

Steven

Today we will update our journals as we do every Friday. Next week however is the last week of our project, so our conclusions will soon be written. At the moment we have been struggling to keep some of our plants alive. The nitrogen rich soil has caused them to grow up to 15cm tall, but due to this some stems have bent over the weight on the pants tiny stems. i think that one way we could straighten the plants would be to ask our teacher if she has any little straws that we could cut up and put around the plants stems. over the weekend the plants should end up watering themselves as they had the past two weekends so we are not completely concerned with watering them today. Hopefully all goes smoothly,

Michael

    Steven Thomas Callen
    said

    This characteristic that you observed with the plants falling over is called "lodging," and can be quite common. In fact, some of the varieties of quinoa plants we grow exhibit this behavior under certain circumstances. As you mentioned, it can be caused by high nitrogen levels, but also by wet soils, storm damage, soil density, disease, sowing date, overpopulation, and seed type. This is one of the "tests" a crop must undergo before it is deemed suitable for planting. Obviously, farmers don't want a plant, especially corn, to fall over to the ground, as it may prevent them from harvesting them or may increase the chances of disease and damage.

    And, yep, I wouldn't worry about giving the plants water for the weekend. Seems like they have been doing pretty well on their own.

    Excellent work on this project, team! I can't wait to see your final report. You all have demonstrated an excellent degree of inquisitiveness, excitement, and creativity on this project, all of which are great qualities of scientists!

michael
uploaded PlantingScienceJournal-Michael 1.pdf in project files