Science Project Ideas for Educators...Home Instructors...Students
We have identified a very resourceful web site full of great ideas for gardening projects. The site is called the SCHOOL GARDEN POTPOURRI OF IDEAS and includes suggestions for growing various types of plants, adopting a plant and keeping a journal on it, researching your state garden products, making a root view box, collecting soil from different spots, and many other interesting ideas. The ideas were compiled by Amanda Vanhoozier, Gardeners in Community Development.
Here is an exciting source of great science project suggestions and helpful knowledge from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). ARS Science 4 Kids! presents information about science projects, agricultural careers, resources for teachers including clever quizzes, and even a Spanish language version of all content. An explanation of what a science project is supposed to accomplish precedes a list of ideas grouped into chemistry, botany, environmental sciences, health, microbiology and zoology. Lots of graphics and animation like those above and below, make this a fun-learning experience.
Squirrels - Birds - Rats!In addition to squirrels, rats can also devour a lot of food you buy for wild birds. You may see the squirrels in the day but later on the night shift may take over. We have found that rats can nimbly crawl over obstacles impossible for squirrels. You may not know how much of your bird seed is fattening up neighborhood rats. A video we prepared can document this menace and also show some ways to protect your food from rats, squirrels and other rodents, too. Although we squirt the squirrels with hose water at the start, the careful placement of plastic bottles and vinyl sheets curtails their invasion into places reserved for birds with no violence necessary. We also prove that squirting doesn't work, because only minutes later the moochers will come back! Squirrels and rats can share the water trough and feast on scattered seeds to spare. But when they grab your feeders, unless they're well protected, the food will disappear. Beyond the small price of plastic bottles and vinyl sheets, the real cost is the unsightly appearance of plastic bottles and sheets. But, once we know what works, we can attempt to improve upon esthetics as we progress. An interesting science project may be developed around the amount of bird seed is actually consumed by squirrels, rats and birds. What factors and controls can be applied to modify the percentages of food consumed by different species? Watching squirrels and rats climbing on our bird feeders is never copacetic! Warning - towards the end of this video, a swarm of rats attacks! Not pretty!
Welcome to Mr. McGregor's Garden!Join us for the adventures, or misadventures of Beatrix Potter's, Peter Rabbit. We will visit Mr. McGregor's garden and do some neat gardening activities, meet Mrs. McGregor and many of the characters in the stories, get involved with science activities and experiments, and create incredible art projects.
Did you know Beatrix Potter was a scientist? She was one of the most important researchers of her time! Ms. Potter, as we know from her books, was a wonderful artist. She incorporated her art into her scientific studies, too! What do you think might have been her special area in science? Try to find out! (Hint: It was something to do with things that grow in or on the ground area. )
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