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TLF ID L540

Run experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of different variables on the growth of lettuces, peas and tomatoes. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions. Examine the effect of key variables on growth: nitrogen, temperature, light intensity and light duration. This learning object is a combination of three learning objects in the same series.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students set up controlled laboratory experiments to investigate variables affecting plant growth and analyse the resulting data.
  • Students understand the role of controlled experiments and repeated trials in scientific investigation.
Educational value
  • Places students in the role of scientists investigating problems for clients.
  • Introduces the steps needed to conduct a controlled experiment.
  • Allows students to select problems and control variables.
  • Requires analysis of data tables and synthesis of a report based on experimental data.
  • Includes an option for students to print a lab report after compiling it.
Year level

4; 5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
Strand
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Science/Scientific techniques
    • Science/Light
    • Science/Investigation
    • Science/Variables
    • Science/Data collection
    • Science/Experiments
    • Science/Growth
    • Science/Plants
    Skill
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.education.tas.gov.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    Browsers
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
    Platform requirements
    • Initial load time and load time on some screens may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content.
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.