Sixth graders in the Science Research program at Clara H. Carlson School recently completed a four-week experiment on the growth of watercress.
The students compared the growth of the plants in natural sunlight versus LED light. They also studied the effects of different natural fertilizers, such as eggshells, coffee grinds and almond milk, on their growth.
The Science Research program, which is new to the Elmont Union Free School District this year, allows select sixth graders to meet twice a week during the school day for approximately one hour. The students are currently planning out and researching their individual research projects, with which they will compete at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair in April.
The students studied the effects of different natural fertilizers on the growth of the watercress.