Pampered Plant

GRADES 2-5

Pampered Plant

Project Description

Dive into plant science, coding, and art history. Using electronics and programming, students create a customizable plant monitoring system with an animated light display that responds to environmental conditions (soil and light). Along the way, they learn about electronics and how to conduct experiments, gather data, and analyze their findings. Students wrap up the course with a lesson on the history of pot decoration — showing off their creativity with their own artistic designs.

Pampered Plant

Key Concepts

Animation, Binary, Bluetooth, Coding, Fair tests, Fertilize, Indirect light, LED, Moisture, Monitor, Ovule, Photosynthesis, Pistil, Pollen, Pollination, Pollinator, Programming, Reporting, Sensor, Stamen, Symbol

Essential Question

How can we know when a potted plant needs more water or light?

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Summary of Standards

Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will use appropriate terminology when describing the components of computing systems, identify and describe patterns in data, and develop programs with sequences and simple loops.

Common Core ELA
Students will learn new content specific vocabulary, participate in collaborative group discussions, and answer questions related to the information that is presented.

Common Core Math
Students will use addition to find the total number of objects.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will discover the interdependent relationships in ecosystems, ask questions to define problems, analyze and interpret data, and obtain, evaluate, and communicate information.

Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will describe how internal and external parts of computing devices work together; compare and refine multiple algorithms, create programs that use variable to store and modify data; and create programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals.

Common Core ELA
Students will learn new content specific vocabulary, participate in collaborative group discussions, and determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text.

Common Core Math
Students will interpret products of whole numbers.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will plan and carry out investigations, analyze and interpret data, describe cause and effect relationships, and use mathematics and computational thinking.

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