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Lesson

Plant Physiology (micro:bit)

Strawbees Team

Learn about the essential role plants offer for sustaining life on earth. Covered in the lesson is going through the parts, processes, and full life cycle of plants. Students will create a flower which senses light and responds to the stimuli in its environment, opening and closing with light.

8-14+
45m
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United States 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Environment
Plants
SDGs
Student Journal

Overview and Objectives

Lesson Structure

When students go through this lesson in each section, the objectives they will learn are:

  • Warm-up – Recognize the essential role of plants on earth.
  • Imagine – Explain the internal and external parts and processes of plants.
  • Create – Construct a flower from paper opening from the top of the vase.
  • Build – Build a plant responding to stimuli in its environment with a micro:bit and servo motor.
  • Reflect – Reflect upon challenges of building a plant and the human impact on plant biodiversity.
  • Challenges – Extend the scale and shape of the plant structure and connect the design to open-ended, real-world scenarios.

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Provide evidence to justify the importance of plants for life on earth.
  • Make an argument that plant traits are influenced by their environment.
  • Analyze the internal and external structures of plants that support their survival, growth, and reproduction.
  • Describe how plants meet their needs from air, sun, and water.
  • Explore the biodiversity in the plant kingdom and plant physiology.
  • Build a plant model that can open and close with a mechanical linkage connected to the servo motor.
  • Tinker and persevere with code to mimic the behavior of a light-seeking plant.

For more in-depth references and extra videos, images and sites to show students, go to the References and Extra Resources section at the end of this lesson.

Structure

In Plant Physiology, I can:

  • Provide evidence to justify the importance of plants for life on earth.
  • Make an argument that plant traits are influenced by their environment.
  • Analyze the internal and external structures of plants that support their survival, growth, and reproduction.
  • Describe how plants meet their needs from air, sun, and water.
  • Explore the biodiversity in the plant kingdom and plant physiology.
  • Build a plant model that can open and close with a mechanical linkage connected to the servo motor.
  • Tinker and persevere with code to mimic the behavior of a light-seeking plant.