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Veggies with Vigor

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Veggies with Vigor

In this activity, learners try to revive wilted celery. Learners discover that plants wilt when their cells lose water through evaporation. Use this activity to introduce capillary action. Activity begins on Pg 2 of the Activity write-up. A V-is-for-Vegetables background video is also included.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
4 to 24 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

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Materials List (per group of students)

  • Celery stalk
  • Water
  • Butter knife
  • Disposable plastic cup
  • Red food coloring


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Agricultural Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Gardening


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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