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    In this "Sid the Science Kid" activity, learners explore the effects of decay by comparing and contrasting something (an old pumpkin) that's decayed with the same thing before it...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 4 - 6 10 to 30 minutes
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    Chicago Children's Museum
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    In this activity, learners create a garden in a disposable glove. They learn about the conditions necessary to make the seeds sprout and actively participate in caring for their plants. Learners...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 6 - 11 1 to 4 weeks
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    In this combination chemistry and physics activity, learners explore water absorption in dried beans or peas and learn how this affects their physical properties. They observe changes in size, skin...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 6 - 11 1 to 7 days
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    University of Wisconsin-Madison
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    In this investigation, learners plant seeds in a 2-liter bottle filled with soil that is connected to a water source below. Over the next few weeks, learners observe how the plants grow. The...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 4 - 14 1 to 4 weeks
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    In this laboratory exercise, learners will discover how many different plant hosts they can find that are infected by the same genus of a powdery mildew fungus, or how many different genera of...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    Learners perform serial dilutions of water with dye and of water mixed with soil. They take a sample from the most dilute solution of water and soil and spread it over an agar plate to incubate...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 14 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this activity, learners explore the structure of plant leaves. Learners find out what happens when they coat either the top or bottom sides of leaves with petroleum jelly. Use this activity to...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 6 - 14 1 to 7 days
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    University of Illinois Extension
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    In this activity, learners investigate soil conditions by creating a soil map. Learners record soil characteristics and compare the conditions of soil in different grid sections. Use this activity...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 4 - 14 1 to 2 hours
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    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
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    See what happens when plants compete for survival in an area with limited resources. What survives? How is plant quality affected? Any plant that can get more water, nutrients, and sunlight than...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 6 - 18 1 to 4 weeks
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    In this activity, learners build penetrometers to test leaf toughness. Biologists measure leaf toughness to study the feeding preferences of insects and bugs.

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes

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