Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Alyssa's science experiment







Alyssa had to do a science experiment and of course, she wanted to do something with Feingold.

The pictures stopped at day 10 but I'll let you know that after this point all of the chemical plants stopped growing. The control is still going strong and is about 8 inches tall with an amazing root system. The kids wanted to see how long they could keep this experiment up but my card reader died so I can't post pictures. I think that the root system is especially interesting. The colored roots wouldn't even hold together as we took them out of their containers. The pictures are harder to see than in reality but the strands of wheat grass were also so tiny with the chemical plants. Thin and spindly.
This was all achieved with 2 oz of water, only 10 drops of food coloring and one packet of aspartame (Equal). The water was reverse osmosis in case the chemicals in tap would have affected the experiment also.
The seeds were hard red wheat that were soaked in the chemical water for 4 hours before planted in regular soil.
The question for this experiment was, "Do petroleum products hurt living things?" and the answer was most definitely, "yes".
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11 comments:

faustest said...

Cool experiment - obviously a budding scientist! But I have a question. You say that the seeds were soaked in the colored water and then planted in regular soil. Each pot looks like it has colored soil. How was that achieved?

Mom's Sewing Vault said...

oh.my.gosh. Inspired!

TerriG said...

Thanks for sharing, nice blog too. We are fg'ers and we will be following your blog.

KT said...

What a great experiment!

Daisygirl714 said...

Amazing! We're a Feingold family too, and it's really neat to be able to see something tangible like this.

Anonymous said...

Dana, WONDERFUL experiment. Thanks so much for the great photos and a perfect idea for next year! Blessings - Molly

Dana said...

She soaked the wheat seeds in colored water, then drained the water into a container and used that water to water the plants for the first few days. The color leached into the soil.

Nicole said...

I love this idea... why didn't we think of something like this before to show everyone the harms of artificial ingredients!

Melodie said...

so cool. I think I'll have to give this a try!!

Grace said...

faustest & Dana (a.k.a Mom)- I soaked the seeds and then added equal amounts of food coloring every day. I also added water, which spread the food coloring around the soil.
Alyssa

Chanelle said...

WOW! That is amazing. What a great in your face way to show the effects of petroleum in our food. Thanks!