Microwaves and Plants

Cool Elementary Earth Science and Botany Science Fair Project
Photo ©2007 Tim Patterson, Flickr

You're probably wondering what kind of science fair project involves plants and a microwave! We stumbled across this interesting project - from Marshall Dudley as well as Eclectic Science Network - and even thought there were mixed results, we thought it might be a fun concept to explore. The project attempts to determine whether microwaved water {that has been allowed to cool before watering} has a negative affect on plant growth. Dudley's granddaughter noticed a significant difference, whereas Jared Graham {creator of Eclectic Science} and his students didn't observe any difference between the plants watered with microwaved water and those watered with stove-boiled water. Be sure to visit both sources for project procedures, suggestions for project completion, and conclusions!