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Dandelions in different places

Dandelions in different places

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You will need:

  • A piece of paper
  • Different places where dandelions grow
  • A homemade protractor
  • A notebook

What to do:

  1. Use a piece of white paper and follow the instructions for making a homemade protractor. You can make it record only three measurements – 90 0 , 45 0 and flat, or you can make a more sophisticated scale – 90 0 , 67.5 0, 45 0 , 22.5 0 and 0 0 – the video shows you how.
  2. Go out into your local park and places near by and look for dandelions
  3. Measure the angle of the flower – if it is upright record it as 90 degrees, you can then use your home-made protractor to measure the angle. You can also record the size of the biggest leaf for each plant
  4. You might wish to make some drawings with labels. Can you find a pattern between where the dandelion was found the angle of the flowers, and leaves and the size of the biggest leaf?
  5. Why do you think some places have tall upright dandelions with larger leaves?

Health and Safety: Do not pick wildflowers and always wash your hands after being outside

We would love to see your results. Send a photo to askanambassador@canterbury.ac.uk to hear from an expert STEM Ambassador about your findings, or tag us on Twitter @KentMedwaySTEM


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