View Participants' Experiments

View data for this experiment.

About the Participant

Your Name: The Next Move
School: Harvard-Smithsonian
City: Cambridge State: MA
Grade Level(s): Subject(s):
Email address:

Other information you'd like to share with other participants about your school or site:

We asked some of the Channel staff to help us with our experiments. For each of our six experiments, we asked a different staff member what his or her predictions would be.

About the Experiment

Experiment Title: What do seeds need to sprout and grow? (Workshop 3)


  1. Seed
  2. Seed + water
  3. Seed + no light
  4. Seed + soil
  5. Seed + no air

Experimental Predictions:

Prediction from: Camera person

The only seeds that I know will sprout for sure are the seeds in water. I'm not sure about the seeds in soil -- they might sprout, I think it depends on how moist the soil is.


Experiment Methods and Procedure:

In all of the following conditions, we used lima bean seeds:

  • 3 dry seeds in plastic bag;
  • 3 pre-soaked seeds in plastic bag with moistened paper towel;
  • 3 dry seeds in plastic bag then placed in thick envelope (darkness);
  • 3 dry seeds in plastic bag with soil;
  • 3 dry seeds coated with petroleum jelly

    The beans were measured and photographed on days 1,3,7, 10 and 14 of the experiment.

    Results and Conclusions:

    Our results showed that a seed + water will sprout and grow. Seeds placed in no light, in soil, or with no air will not sprout and grow. We thus accept our hypothesis; however, we will still think that it is possible that seeds will sprout and grow better if given water AND other "seed-friendly" conditions. We also think that seeds given water in our experimental set-up might tend to rot more easily than seeds placed in "natural" conditions.

    View data for this experiment.



View Participants' Experiment

Bean Bag Home



Next Move Home


Back to Next Move Home