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Energy drinks and plants

Posted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:03 pm
by siljegrace
So I am going to do a science fair project involving energy drinks and plants. I am hoping to use tomato plants for my project, but I'm not sure where I would get them in November. I would have my base plant, which would drink water. And then I would have my other plants, which would drink gatorade, powerade, nuun, and a few others. I am not sure how to moniter sunlight, and temperature in my house, as I live in a cold climate. How do I keep this project more stable? In the beginning when I first thought of this idea I wanted to test it on people in my ski team. But that would have way too many variables for my data to be secure. My project also has to follow the scientific method. Any ideas to make my science project better?

Re: Energy drinks and plants

Posted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:56 pm
by SciB
Hi,

Cool project, although I have a little trouble figuring out how plants might use energy drinks designed for humans. If you could recruit a group of people who regularly use energy drinks as part of their work-out routine that would be the best way to do this project. Can't you find enough volunteers? All you would have to do is ask them to try a different energy drink from what they normally use and record how they felt, how well they were able to perform or any other differences that they might notice.

Does your school science fair rules prohibit using human volunteers? If so then I guess you are stuck with plants.

For a plant-based project I would choose seeds of a cool-weather plant like cabbage, radish or turnip greens. Tomatoes would not do very well in November in a cold climate.

I would try to do the original project that you had planned with volunteers using a specific energy drink and reporting how well it worked compared to their usual drink.

Good luck!

Sybee