These resources have been reviewed and selected by STEM Learning’s team of education specialists for factual accuracy and relevance to teaching STEM subjects in UK schools.

Stresses and Strains in Plants

From Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS), these practical activities allow students to investigate how woody and herbaceous plants support their shoots, branches, flowers and fruits and shed them at the appropriate time.

A number of investigations are suggested that can be adapted for students over a range of age groups. In measuring the biomechanical properties of plant structures and tissues, students can generate, analyse and interpret data to gain a better understanding of plant biology.

The investigations include:

* testing twigs for stiffness

* measuring the force needed to pull off a leaf

* investigating the forces needed to bend or compress plant tissues

* measuring the forces needed to peel fruits

Show health and safety information

Please be aware that resources have been published on the website in the form that they were originally supplied. This means that procedures reflect general practice and standards applicable at the time resources were produced and cannot be assumed to be acceptable today. Website users are fully responsible for ensuring that any activity, including practical work, which they carry out is in accordance with current regulations related to health and safety and that an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.

Information on the permitted use of this resource is covered by the Category One Content section in STEM Learning’s Terms and conditions.

Lists that tag this content

Plant Patrol, POSTED BY