Fair test


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

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

3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • Science

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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
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