In this activity, students will examine resource availability through the lens of an agricultural engineer to determine: How can we engineer a garden to produce maximum vegetables? Students will design and engineer two mini radish gardens, one 'wild' and one 'agriculturally engineered'. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data from their gardens to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
Standards: MS-LS2-1 and HS-LS2-1
Duration: Two 60 minute lessons (plus ~5min per day for two weeks)
Student Learning Objectives:
-design a garden based on agricultural growing concepts
-specify control treatments for a given experiment
-collect and analyze data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations
-compare and contrast experimental outcomes
Purchase includes two full lesson plans, as well as free access to all corresponding student resources for this career including videos, simulations, and career information sheet.
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