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Revisiting the Past

Session two: Day Two Today our group began with discussion leading to the decision of using elderberry and indigo root seeds. We also decided to take out boiling, acid and nicking. We started working on scarifying and exposure to red filtered light, used … Continue reading

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Day One: Session Two

Today the Darwin Group, Nicholas County High , worked on counting our germinated seeds. The germinated seeds were thrown out. Our petri dishes were then rehydrated and covered again with parafilm. The group then went to the lab to start … Continue reading

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Day Five: Testing our Methods

Day five was the last day of session one of the Fall 2012 Youth Science Discovery Experience.  Before we headed back to Nicholas County to resume our normal daily lives, we had to test our methods on the cranberry and … Continue reading

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Get our Method On!

Day 4:  In the Lab, Prepping Our Seeds! We took the cranberry and pumpkin seeds gathered yesterday, and prepped them for testing our methods.  We extracted the cranberry seeds from the fruit using two methods; Cutting the cranberry in half and scooping … Continue reading

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Collecting the Cranberries

Day 3: The Darwin Group. Today our group went down by the Blackwater River to collect the materials for our experiments: water from the river for our natural experiment and ditch water and dirt to test the pH, native plant … Continue reading

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Let’s get these seeds goin’!

Day 2: Today, our group discussed the treatment methods we would experiment with to break the dormancy of Vaccinium macrocarpon, otherwise known as the American Cranberry.  The reason that we must break the dormancy of the seed is to attempt to … Continue reading

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Cool things about SEEDS!

Today at YSDE, we learned that a seed purpose was to house the fragile sprout and provide nutrients that will, in time, create an adult plant.   They are dispersed to new locations through floating in water, by sticking to animals using burrs, and flying … Continue reading

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