Some say a tomato is a fruit. Some call it a vegetable. Most of us are not entirely sure which is which. And what about flowers? This project defines and classifies edible plants, and makes for a tasty science fair display!
This project aims to identify, describe and classify many different fruits and vegetables.
- Computer with internet access
- Color printer
- Digital camera
- Assorted fresh fruits and vegetables
- Magnifying glass
- Microscope (optional)
- Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & poster-board)
- Research related materials (see bibliography below)
- Select a number of different types of edible plants for study.
- Search, print, label, and categorize photos of the plants you’ve selected.
- Buy fresh fruits and vegetables at the market.
- Prepare each type of vegetable in several different ways – boiled, steamed, sautéed, raw, pre-frozen, etc.
- Examine each preparation with a magnifying glass (or a microscope if you have one) and record your observations.
- Run a taste test to determine the most popular preparation method.
- Interpret your results in a detailed report.
- Show results visually using photos taken throughout the course of the experiment.
- Include a platter of tasty fruit and vegetable samples in your science fair display.
Judee Shipman is a Bay Area Educational Consultant and professional writer of quality educational materials. Her recent writing credits include Top50States.com (a popular and entertaining website about states), and a book called The Portable Chess Coach (Cardoza, 2006), currently available in stores.
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