Super Science Lab

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Hello fellow scientists!

We will be doing ROCKIN’ ROCKS on October 19th at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm.  We will explore all different types of rocks and minerals.  We will also be doing rock paintings!  Registration opens on October 5th at 9:00 am.  Please have your library card ready and call 630-685-4181 to register.  (Kindergarten – Fifth Grade, Kindergartners must be with an adult)

In our last Super Science Lab we did Botany Experiments!  We learned the life cycle of an apple tree and a bean plant.  We also planted seeds and beans.  Some of our plants have sprouted and started to grow!  Check back at the library to see how your plants are growing.

In case you missed it, here is an experiment for you to try:

Experiment: Sprout a bean

Materials

  • Dry Lima Bean or Pinto Bean
  • Cold water
  •  Bowl
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottle
  • Gallon-size plastic zippered bag
  • Flowerpot
  • Soil

Soak the lima beans overnight in cold water.  You will only need to soak four or

five beans.  Place enough water to cover the beans.

Lay two sheets of paper towels on top of each other.  Spread the soaked beans in single layer on the paper towels.  Place another layer of two paper towels on tops of the beans.

Fill a spray bottle with water.  Spray the paper towels with a fine mist of water until they are thoroughly damp.

Slide the moistened paper towels, with the beans between them, into a gallon-size plastic zippered bag.

Seal the zippered bag tight.  Leave some air in the bag.  Place the sealed bag on a windowsill to allow the beans to get plenty of sunlight.

Check on the beans in the bag every day and spray more water on the paper towels if they appear dry.  Green shoots should begin sprouting from the roots in a few days’ time.

Fill a flowerpot with soil.  Use your fingers to create a 1-inch hole for each sprouted bean .  Keep the holes at least 3 or 4 inches apart.

Drop one sprout into each hole and cover with soil.  Water enough to moisten the soil and place the flowerpot in a sunny location.

Overview:

The process of sprouting a bean is very fun to see through a clear plastic bag.  Be sure to check your bean every day.  Plant your bean and see if you can grow a bean pod for fresh beans all year!

http://www.ehow.com/how_5973047_grow-lima-bean-bag.html

I hope to see you next month.

-Mrs. Ashley

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