This fun spring STEM activity examines the ways plants respond to gravity. Students already know that plants’ roots grow downward, but what happens when you disturb the orientation of the seeds? Does gravity cause a plant’s roots to grow down, or are there other factors at play?
Recreate a geotropism experiment by Science and Maths by Primrose Kitten by placing beans with their openings facing left, right, up, and down in a glass container and held in place by moist paper towels. Have pupils observe whether the orientation of the bean changes which direction the roots and leaves grow and discuss why this is important.
This is one of the best spring STEM activities because it can address many learning standards at different grade levels through targeted discussion and intentional questioning by the teacher.