Ideas for the Hermitage Schools Plant Competition

Looking for some inspiration for the second part of the 2017 Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition? Remember, you have until the 23rd of June (end of term 2) to submit your reports. The competition instructions suggest allowing at least 6 weeks if you are growing plants. A hint, if you are running out of time, … More Ideas for the Hermitage Schools Plant Competition

Energy Savings of Flying in a V-Formation Using Lego Models

I got the idea for this experiment from a great Science Buddies page, which suggested using Lego bird models to investigate the optimum position for flying in a V-formation. Hypothesis I hypothesised that the optimum position for the leading bird (that with the least amount of drag on the following bird) would be quite close … More Energy Savings of Flying in a V-Formation Using Lego Models

Instructions for Hermitage Plant Science Competition 2017

The instructions for the Hermitage Research Facility Schools Plant Science Competition have been released this afternoon! This PDF contains the full instructions, while further information about writing a scientific report is available here. Also provided are printable cards for the Day in the Life of Soils game, along with instructions. As always, there are 2 parts to the competition: … More Instructions for Hermitage Plant Science Competition 2017

Data analysis: road fatalities part 2 – by date

By Joel Johnson Although the road toll for a particular day of the year is somewhat stochastic, it would be expected that some days have a higher fatality rate, and some days have a lower rate. Factors such as school holidays play a large role. This investigation seeks to determine the most dangerous and safest … More Data analysis: road fatalities part 2 – by date

Elucidating the mechanism of twisting action in black speargrass awns

Below is a report about my observations of how black speargrass (Heteropogon contortus) twists when wet. It is an intriguing behaviour, and I don’t believe there are many scientific papers on the topic.   Elucidating the mechanism of twisting action in black speargrass awns By Joel Johnson ABSTRACT Black speargrass awns were found to increase … More Elucidating the mechanism of twisting action in black speargrass awns