Assessment resource Fair test: design a fair test: assessment

TLF ID L8487

Test your understanding of experiments in a plant research laboratory. Investigate the effects of variables on the growth of tomatoes. Examine the effect of temperature on growth. Research the answers to questions about how to achieve optimum hydroponic growth conditions.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students set up controlled laboratory experiments to investigate variables affecting plant growth, and analyse the resulting data.
  • Students make a hypothesis, carry out a fair test and analyse the results to decide whether the data support their hypothesis.
  • Students understand the role of controlled experiments and repeated trials in scientific investigation.
Educational value
  • Assesses student understanding of the role of scientists in investigating problems for clients.
  • Simulates lab testing procedures and data gathering.
  • Allows students to control variables.
  • Records experimental results.
  • Requires analysis of data tables.
  • Assesses student achievement of learning objectives.
  • Includes a printable report of the student's performance.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation

    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: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Script writer
    • Name: Martin Richards
    • Organisation: Transcend-Ability Pty Ltd
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    Access profile
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    • Hearing independence
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    Learning resource type
    • Assessment resource
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    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.

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