Tom stands with his water spray bottle
Activity

Will Tom’s Plant Perish?

Science Fair project for students with visual impairment examining the effect of hydrogen peroxide on plants.

Perkins School for the Blind Secondary school student shares his science fair project. 

After deciding between some experiments, I finally decided to see what would happen if I gave a plant hydrogen peroxide instead of water. I chose this experiment, because I knew that hydrogen peroxide is very similar to water in the sense that the only difference between the two of them is that water has one less oxygen atom.  I wanted to see what would happen if I watered one of my plants with hydrogen peroxide instead of water.  I know that hydrogen peroxide breaks down into water and oxygen I predicted that the oxygen would evaporate, and the plant would be able to use the left over water to grow.  This is the experiment I have decided to do for the science fair.

One thing you might not know about my experiment, is how my plants grow. Each plant has three stems, and four leaves on each stem. The plants need either full sunlight, or partial sunlight to grow. You might also want to know the chemical formula for hydrogen peroxide which is H₂O₂. Also if you are ever doing an experiment that involves plants, you should know that if leaves are turning yellow, it is good to take those leaves off the plant, so that there is more energy for the other ones. This is some information that should help you understand my experiment.

My plants for my experiment will be set up as follows; the experimental plant on the right, and the control plant on the left. There will be a poster with information about my experiment. I will also be watering the plants some more during the science fair. I have decided to use parsley for this experiment. This is what I will have on display at the science fair.

Materials

Preparation

plants
Two potted plants in experiment

Procedure

  1. Identify and label plants ‘control’ and ‘experimental’.
  2. Day 1: Water control plant with 50 mL of water and experimental plant with 50 mL of hydrogen peroxide.
  3. There will be 4 days between times of watering.
  4. Maintain soil temperature at 21.1 degrees Celsius. (Check soil temperture with Talking Labquest and a temperature sensor)
  5. Day 2: Make observations about both plants. Water control plant with 50 mL of water and add 50 mL of hydrogen peroxide to the experimental plant.
  6. Day 3: Make observations about both plants. Water control plant with 50 mL of water and add 50 mL of hydrogen peroxide to the experimental plant.
tom with his plant and hydrogen peroxide
Student with his plant and hydrogen peroxide

Observations:

The plants looked healthy. The leaves on the experimental plant look darker than the ones on the control plant. The new stems identified on day one, on both plants, grew 5 cm by day three observations. 

Conclusion:

My hypothesis was supported because the plant grew 5 cm. 

NGSS Standards:

LS1.A: Structure and Function

By Kate Fraser

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