It’s commonly believed that the counting tree ringsreveals the age (in years) of the tree itself. But countingtree rings may reveal more than just the age of a tree. This project aims to discover new ideas through a careful analysis of tree rings.
How can we learn more about trees by counting tree rings?
- Computer with internet access.
- Access to actual tree stumps
- Digital camera
- Typical office/craft supplies (such as paper, pens & poster-board)
- Read overviews of relevant topics (see bibliography and terms listed above).
- Collect a number of digital photos of tree rings, both online and with your own camera.
- If possible, also collect some actual tree ring samples.
- Analyze, describe and categorize each sample and photo.
- Develop and test your own theories about tree rings.
- Interpret your findings in a detailed report.
- Show results visually using charts and graphs.
- Display any interesting photos taken throughout the course of the experiment.
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