Booksin’s Annual 4th Grade Science Fair was today! Felicia’s entry was called “Citrus Fiesta,” and it explored how different liquids support growth in plants.
Big Question & Purpose: “Does orange juice, cran-apple juice, grapefruit juice, or water help a plant grow more quickly?”
Hypothesis: I believe that the Grapefruit Juice will work best out of the juices, because it has Potassium, Calcium, and Magnesium.
The water was the strongest at 73% survival rate and 9 cm average height.
The orange juice was the 2nd strongest at 80% survival rate and 4.2 cm average height.
The Cran-Apple was the 3rd strongest at 40% survival rate and 3.7 cm average height.
The Grapefruit Juice was the 4th strongest at 33% survival rate and 1.8 cm average height.
Water: The average height at the end of the experiment was 9 cm. The survival rate was 75%. I observed that two of the plants were doing so well then they started to shrink.
Orange Juice: The Average height of the plants at the end of the experiment was 4.2 cm. The survival rate was 80%. I observed that the dirt was tough and I believe it had mold on the top.
Cran-Apple Juice: The Average height at the end of the experiment was 3.7 cm. The survival was 40%. I observed that the dirt was very dark and almost black. Also three of the plants died at the very end of the experiment.
Grapefruit Juice: The average height of the plants at the end of the experiment was 1.8 cm. The survival rate was 33%. I observed that the dirt had a thin layer of mold on the top. Also three of the plants died at the end of the experiment.
Push the potting soil into the container
Water until seeds sprout
When seeds sprout begin feeding the plants with 1 teaspoon every other day with the juices
Poke holes in the dirt
1 teaspoon Simply Grapefruit Juice every other day
1 teaspoon Minute Maid Orange Juice with Calcium and Vitamin D every other day
1 teaspoon Cran-Apple Juice, Ocean Spray every other day
1 teaspoon Water every other day
Natural organic potting soil, enough to fill 24 1.5 in. cells
25 Flying Saucers Morning Glory seeds
72 spot container for plants, with 1.5 by 1.5 in. cells
In conclusion my Hypothesis was incorrect because the average height of the Grapefruit Juice was 1.8 cm which was the smallest and the survival rate was the worst at 33%.
One possibility is that the citrus caused mold in the dirt. The mold then made the dirt appear unhealthy. The dirt then was not suitable for the plants and they did not grow as well.
If I do another experiment I would see when plants are fed different juices, then water, which plants come back strong.
Of course, comparison is the albatross of all younger children. Jocelyn’s 4th grade science project in 2009 was the “Elevation Exclamation,” and 5th Grade was called “Up, Up, and Away” [design similarities are completely coincidental].
Felicia began 2013 with successful heart repair surgery, and finished with two tournament championships with her soccer team. She learned to play her grandmother’s Clarinet, and has joined her school’s advanced band as a 4th Grader.
Jocelyn started 2013 in 8th grade, and ends it loving High School. She spent a week in Washington DC and New York, holds down midfield on her soccer team, and spells better than her “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” character.
For a special holiday project this year, Felicia decided to make blankets as gifts. But these aren’t just any gifts, they are gifts she’s donating to Sacred Heart Community Service in the name of each gift’s recipients. That means, you aren’t getting one; instead, you’ll get a warm fuzzy feeling from the inside, knowing this gift was donated to a homeless person or needy family that needed a blanket more than you did.
So, Merry Christmas to all … and to all a warm night!
It’s Christmas: Mommy needs a new Christmas Carol. … But does she need a new ornament?
For this year’s traditional gift of a Christmas Carol and tree Ornament, we present a little twist. The Carol still commemorates an activity from 2013, but it’s presented this year in the form of a decorative garland, arranged in 21 parts:
Happy Holidays to all … and to all a string of very busy nights!
For your viewing pleasure, Felicia appears in videos from her school band performance (“Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Up on the Rooftop”) and from her bell choir and children’s choir at church.
Jocelyn’s high school Bella Voce choir finished the season with a performance at San Jose’s Christmas in the Park earlier tonight; the same choir joined other high school and middle school choirs in the “Carol of the Bells” after last week’s WGHS Winter Concert.
If you need more, our YouTube, Vimeo, and Flickr feeds are full of even more Christmas spirit.
In addition to all of the fun, active things we did along the Yulong River and Li River, we also found a little time to be proper tourists – and watch shows and shop!
On our second night in Yangshuo, we made plans to see the fancy light show on the Li River, Impression Sanjie Liu. It was a great show, with a huge cast and an outstanding scenic backdrop on the river. Pictures don’t do it justice.
Before kayaking on Tuesday, we spent the morning in Fuli on their traditional “Market Day,” which is really a cross between a farmers market, swap meet, and flea market. Or at least, we think everything imaginable was for sale.
Above are pictures of Aunt Jeni helping Jocelyn buy some old Chinese coins as a souvenir, and Kiana helping a vendor make a traditional painted paper fan.
Not pictured in Fuli: The crazy stiff we also saw in the market, like cooked duck, fileted fish, bulk spices/teas, and live caged birds. If you want to see those pictures, check out the Fuli Flickr collection (nothing NSFW, but credentials required).
In a way, this trip has been all about different modes of transportation.
Our plane flights from SFO to Beijing totaled 7000 miles (plus an airport tram). Our bullet train ride to YueYang was more than 900 miles. And we’ve taken two other flights since. But we also rode a limo to the airport, took a gondola up to the Great Wall (and a toboggan on the way down), and have ridden on multiple and varied tour buses and passenger vans, even the subway in Beijing. And maybe you could count the roller coaster and the bumper cars in Chengdu.
And then there are our three days in Yangshuo, which set a new standard for adventure in transportation. We weren’t done after our bamboo rafts (and the three-wheeled motorcycle tuk-tuks) the first day.
On Day Two in Yangsuo, we rented “bicycles” (such as they were) and went on a “ride” (such as it was).
It all started innocently enough, with a pleasant cruise through the spectacular karst cliffs. But then the chain fell off the tandem bike that Karen & Felicia were riding. And in general, it turned out that “brakes” were somewhat optional in most of our bikes. And then our map led us onto some footpaths that really weren’t wide enough for bikes. And we rode through some mud, and had to lift bikes around some obstacles.
But the views were outstanding, and I’m sure we would have done it all over again!
Later that afternoon, we booked a trip to the Moon Water Cave, one of many, many caves inside the karsts, but one of the less-touristy options recommended by our resort. So it began with a rickety rope-drawn canoe ride deep into the cave, which was followed by a fun ascent through awesome stalagmite and stalactite formations, with some short and narrow passageways. At the end, we were treated to a mud bath in an enhanced man-made pool.
Not to be outdone, our last full day ended with a kayak ride down the Li River out of Fuli, itself not quite as unique as the barge ferry ride we had to take to get to the riverbank to ride the kayaks.
Too bad we didn’t also get to ride those real-life yaks (although I think they might technically be water buffalos)!