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Plant Experiments - Stage 3

Students will learn how scientists devise experiments and develop skills in applying the processes of working scientifically as they plan a fair investigation into the factors which influence seed germination.


Stage 3 Science & Technology


45 minutes


$100 per class (up to 30 students). Free to schools or classes registered as having special learning needs, remote or rural schools or special needs childrens’ organisations on the NSW ACNC register


Excursion key themes

  • Experimental design and fair tests
  • Flowering plant life cycles
  • Seedbanking and its role in environmental restoration 

Students will...

  • Discuss the requirements of plants as living things and the ways they meet their needs.
  • Observe models, live plant material and microscope views of various aspects of seed germination.
  • Investigate the design of fair tests and ways to gather data to draw evidence-based conclusions and develop explanations.
Plant Experiments virtual excursions available May 18. Book through our link below.
It was great interacting with the scientists. The students really enjoyed this and couldn’t wait to do their own experiments.
Teacher, Lake Charm Primary School

Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena 
Scientific knowledge is used to inform personal and community decisions 
•    consider how best to ensure growth of plants
•    consider how decisions are made to grow particular plants and crops depending on environmental conditions
Decide which variable should be changed and measured in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technologies as appropriate 
•    discuss in groups how investigations can be made as fair as possible
•    use tools to accurately measure objects and events in investigation and exploring which tools provide the most accurate measurements
•    record data in tables and diagrams or electronically as digital images and spreadsheets
Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations 
•    share ideas as to whether observations match predictions, and discussing possible reasons for predictions being incorrect
Communicate ideas, explanations and processes in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts
•    discuss how models represent scientific ideas and constructing physical models to demonstrate an aspect of scientific understanding
•    use labelled diagrams, including cross-sectional representations, to communicate ideas
  • We look forward to welcoming you and your students to a virtual excursion.
  • Schools will connect to our virtual excursions with H.323 compliant video conferencing equipment which is available in all NSW Education Department schools. Check with your IT expert if your school has the correct equipment.
  • The majority of our virtual excursions are offered through the DART Connections website. Contact us if you would like a different time for your topic:
  • Run a test call before your virtual excursion to trouble shoot any technical issues and familiarise yourself with the equipment.
  • We will soon have the capability to offer virtual excursions to schools or organisations that don't have this equipment.
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.