This lesson is designed to exemplify an approach to practical work that makes strong links with careers using related scientific skills and techniques.
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World of Work

Becoming a(n)...
horticultural scientist
World of Work Dimensions

The workplace context is situated in a plant nursery where scientific knowledge of the properties of growing media is crucial to guarantee efficient plant growth.

Students adopt the role of a horticultural scientist helping a plant nursery manager to understand the properties of different growing media.

Students carry out a scientific investigation about the level of absorption of water in different growing media.

Students write a short report to be sent to the plant nursery manager to inform him about the different properties of growing media.
Plant nurseries are places where plants are propagated and grown to a usable size. The plants they grow may be sold on to the public, businesses or commercial gardeners. This lesson is based around a practical investigation into how well different growing media hold water. Understanding how well different growing media hold water helps nursery managers to decide which growing medium to use, and how often to water.


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Inquiry Learning

Inquiry Learning Dimensions

- Exploring situations
- Planning Investigations
- Experimenting systematically
- Interpreting and evaluating
- Communicating results

- Mathematics
- Biology
- Physics
- Chemistry
- Engineering

Target group
- Primary Education
- Lower Secondary Education
- Upper Secondary Education

Age range

100 min.