April 10, 2014
By Tracee Stanford, Project Exploration Media Instructor
As spring time emerges, those with green thumbs will be happy to know that Youth Science and Media (YSM) students at Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS) have busted a myth about plants. Can you drown a plant? That was the question at hand on Wednesday, April 2nd, when eight YSM student journalists gathered to interview guest scientist Jotham Austin, II Phd, Director of the Advanced Electron Microscopy Core Facility- Gordon Center of Integrated Science.
According to Austin, many people may not realize that they actually can drown their house or garden plants. Austin explained that overwatering and improper drainage results in flooding. He says too much water causes the plants root structure to become flooded, which does not allow for proper gas exchange. Like animals, plants rely on gas exchange to live.
The YSM team did an excellent job exercising reporting skills this week. Following up on this week’s lesson on journalism ethics, many of the students were able to identify statements that could have been considered bias. Austin was kind enough to plant such statements in his discussion to test the students understanding of news bias.
Going beyond the surface, YSM students examined photos of healthy plant cells and discussed the structures with their science expert. Kasiah Henderson, a 7th grader at YWLCS, was curious to know how one might tell if a plant cell is sick. Austin was happy to explain that there are different structures within plant cells and if a plant was sick, or poisoned, the microscopic view of the cell would show structures trying to accumulate the poison and throw it out. Austin says, this is the process of exocytosis.
Learning about the structures of plant cells was an eye opening experience for the the YSM youth. With their new found knowledge, I think the YSM team would agree that “it’s not easy being green,” and will handle plants with extra care in the future, and encourage others to do the same.
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