Seeds & Germination
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
How long a pinto bean seed would take to germinate and compare it to a kidney bean seed and a pinto bean seed planted in the dark. [E]
In Which Liquids Do Seeds Grow Best? [E]
How the size and shape of fruits or seeds influence their ability to be dispersed by wind [E]
Seed Germination on Gelatin [E]
How much sun does a seed need to sprout? [E]
What will happen to our pumpkin seeds when we plant them? [P]
Which Liquid Germinates a Bean Seed the Best? [P]
Seeds & Germination K-12 Experiments & Background Information

Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
The effect of probiotics on the germination of moong seeds [P]
The effect of radiation and heat on the germination of radish seeds [E]
Does Salinity Affect the Germination of Radish Seeds? [E]
The Effect of Temperature on the Percentage of Germination of Mung Beans [P]
The effect of light on seed germination [P]
The effect of acid rain on plant growth and germination. [P] [P] [P] [P]
How to germinate - jar vs. cloth methods [E]
The effect of temperature on the percentage of germination [P]
The effect of tobacco and alcohol on seed germination [E]
How is germination and growth affected in plants rooted in soil after a forest fire? [P]
Which type of seed would germinate the fastest - wheat, sweet corn, field corn, soybeans, peas and sunflowers? The effect of presoaking the seeds compared to starting with dry seeds. [E]
How much sun does a seed need to sprout? [E]
General conditions for seed growth and germination [E]
Seeds & Germination K-12 Experiments & Background Information

Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
A Novel Method to Reduce Water Consumption in Germinating Seeds [E]
Does Salt Water Exposure Affect Radish Seed Germination? [E]
Testing if Early Germination Gives an Edge to Algerian Sea Lavender [E]
Can anti-cancer agents, such as turmeric, pepper and ginger, used in food inhibit the germination and protein content in different plant seeds? [P]
Investigate how planting depth of seeds affects their rate of emergence from the soil. [E]
Determine how different growth media affect the development of roots in newly propagated plantlets. [E]
The Effect of Charcoal on the Germination and Growth of Corn [E]
The effect of heat and radiation on radish seeds [E]
Seed Dispersal in Sea Rocket [E]
The Effects of Antioxidants and Free Radicals on Seed Germination [P]
Which Organic Acid Accelerates the Germination of the Green Mung Beans? [E]

Does the consentration and soaking period of hydrogen peroxide effect the germination time for a seed and rooting of plant cuttings? [E]
Find out if smoke from burning chamise, eucalyptus, willow, or paper causes the seeds of Phacelia grandiflora seeds to germinate faster. [E]
The effects of Stratification Time on Germination Rate [E] [E]
Does the amount of light affect the germination of spinach seeds? [E]
Determine which soaking solution would germinate bean seeds most effectively. [E]
Determine seed tolerance for freezing by measuring the germination rate after being frozen for various intervals. [E] [E]
Determine at what temperature three different types of vegetable seeds die. [E]
Determine which of four pre-planting treatments to lettuce seed would cause the seed to germinate the fastest: pre-watered seed, fertilized seed, refrigerated seed, and non-treated seed. [E]
Determining the Effects of Water Temperature and Exposure Terms on Seed Germination [E]
What happens when seeds sprout? [P]
The relationship between the size of a seed and its ideal planting depth [E] [E]
Do nutrients affect seed germination? [P]
Soil temperature vs. seed sprouting [E] [P]
Does colored light affect seed germination? [P]
The effects of x-ray radiation on seed germination [E] [P]
Methods of testing seed viability [P]
The effect of seed size on germination [P]
The effects of artificial gravity, ultraviolet light, and magnetic fields on seed germination and the growth of the root. [E]
The Effect of Cold Storage on Seeds [E]
The Effect of Hydrogen Peroxide on the Rooting of Plant Cuttings and Seed Germination [E]
Seeds & Germination K-12 Experiments & Background Information

High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Combating the global food crisis: Diazotroph Bacteria as a Cereal Crop Growth Promoter [P] [P]
Testing the effects of microwave radiation on kidney bean seeds [P]
Determine whether lettuce seeds provide a good bioassay for salt toxicity [E]
If seeds of Illawarra Greenhood Orchid are symbiotically germinated, which fungus will be most successful in terms of germination rate? [P] [E]
Determine the best conditions for germinating seeds of California Buckeye tree [E]
Does the prehydration of cottonseed in plant growth regulators outyield the prehydration in water? [E]
Effect of water sources on sprout time and early growth rate of seeds [E]
Seeds & Germination K-12 Experiments & Background Information
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