ISS 2014 S203 GROUP C
Jordan • Clarie • Sai • Aniksha
Research Proposal (Group C)
Title: An investigation of the effect of microwave on the growth of the different kinds of beans.
A. Question being addressed.
A group of students wanted to find out at which distance from an internet router would a few species of plants grow best.
The dependant variable is the height of the plants.The independent variable is the distance from the microwave source.
The constants are:
(a) the amount of water given to the plants each day
(b) the size of the pots the plants are being grown in
(c) the number of seeds in each pot
(d) the amount of sunlight reaching each plant
The closer the plants are to the internet router, the shorter the height of the plants due to the microwave given out by the internet router.
C. Description in detail of method or procedures (The following are important and key items that should be included when formulating ANY AND ALL research plans.)
- Internet router (the internet router in engineering lab)
- Packet of green beans
- Packet of soybeans
- Packet of red kidney beans
- Three 250ml bottles to water the plants
- Ikea boxes
- Ikea metal pots
- Measuring tape
- LED Lights (sim lim square)
- Duct tape
- Clear tape
• Procedures: Detail all procedures and experimental design to be used for data collection.
1. Measure out soil equally among pots:
(6 cm from the bottom of the container)
2. Plant 6 seeds of the same type in each pot
(6 pots with 7 beans of same type planted x 4 types of beans = 24 pots)
3. Place plants on the table at The Mirrors (Level 3) for growth (2 weeks), ensuring plants have been watered sufficiently with sufficient amount of water everyday (as assigned, two bottle caps on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and four bottle caps on Thursdays and Fridays, sufficient for the weekend.)
• After growth for 2 weeks:
4. Place pots in boxes with led light taped on the underside of the lid with zero sunlight access.
5. Water pots everyday with two bottle caps on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and four bottle caps on Thursdays and Fridays.
6. Collate data after 3 weeks.
• Risk and Safety: Identify any potential risks and safety precautions to be taken.
1. The experiment involves the plants at The Mirrors, thus exposing the plants to weather differences. Example, heavy rain that may flood the pot or excessive sunlight that may cause the plant to wilt.
2. Chances of defective plants.
3. Irregular growth patterns
4. Foreign competitors, example parasites.
5. The chances of rats infestation.
• Data Analysis: Describe the procedures you will use to analyze the data/results that answer research questions or hypotheses.
1. Collate measures of length of plant stems and width of plant leaves respectively, including the general well being of the plants.
2. Tabulate data in a table, clearly being able to show the differences in plant growths.
D. Bibliography: List at least five (5) major references (e.g. science journal articles, books, internet sites) from your literature review. If you plan to use vertebrate animals, one of these references must be an animal care reference. Choose the APA format and use it consistently to reference the literature used in the research plan. List your entries in alphabetical order.
Jim Hagerty. 2013. How Do Microwaves Affect Plants? Retrieved on 14th July 2014 from:
Katie Gaulton (2013 December) PREZI- The Effect Of Radiation On Plant And Fungi. Retrieved on 14th July from:
Moffet Field (2003 November) NASA Scientists Say Weak Microwaves Do Not Affect Seed Growth. Retrieved on 14th July from:
Nancy K. O’Leary and Susan Shelly. 2003. Does Microwave Radiation Affect Seed Growth? Retrieved on 14th July from:
NASA (2002 May) NASA To Test Microwave Effects On Plants. Retrieved on 14th July from: