Silent and unable to run, jump, fly or swim, plants and their incredible functions are often overlooked. They are far from inactive, however, performing an almost nonstop array of delicately balanced, intricate actions that sustain their lives and, by extension, ours.
In this class we will focus on one of the most amazing of these mechanisms: transpiration. Whether it is a 6-inch tall Daylily or a 200-foot tall oak tree, transpiration moves massive amounts of water from below the ground, up to the very top leaves and out into the atmosphere. Utilizing state-of-the-art sensor technology we will study how this mechanism works, how it can be disrupted, and the implications for plant health when it is. Special attention will be paid to experimental design and the importance of controls, dependent and independent variables, and testable hypotheses.
Family Science Investigations programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in monthly science classes related to Museum research, including topics in ecology, paleontology, geology and biology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!
Program Instructor: Christy Flint and Deb Bailey, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab
For more information contact Debbie Huston , scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.