Looking to throw some more engineering into your Biology, Life Science, or Botany class? Here is the perfect opportunity!
This project requires students to design and build a "seed watcher" capable of watching a pea (or whatever plant you want) seed grow for a week. The catch is that the seed watcher needs to be "flippable"--after a week, students turn the seed watcher upside-down and watch what happens to the shoots/roots.
My students LOVED this project and came up with so many neat, unique ideas. I provided some materials, but had students bring their own specialty items.
My students took three days to plan and build, and then they checked the seeds daily for a total of 12 school days. On the 12th day, they completed reflection questions.
In my document, I walk students through parts of the engineering process. They define the problem, identify criteria/constraints, plan, create, and test. Due to time constraints, we do not revamp and re-test the seed watchers; however, I have them reflect on what they WOULD do in the wrap-up questions.
My students and I loved this project, and I think you will, too!