GSF in Action 2020

GSF in Action typically runs throughout February to June, culminating in our PhD student development team delivering activities as part of the Glasgow Science Festival. Due to COVID taking hold, we postponed the 2020 course, running an online version in late Dec/ Jan 2021.

The brief was for the team to create a family friendly activity featuring a botany and gardening theme. Suitable for delivery both in-person and online. The team, did an amazing job creating 'The Seed Race', featuring a seed germination experiment, colouring activity and a seed to fruit matching game.

The Seed Race has made an appearance as part of our digital offering 'Science on the Sofa' in 2021. As well as being delivered in person during the festival and at various community engagement events. 

Congratulations to Sam, Livia, Lara, Harriet and Simon for creating this excellent resource. 

The Seed Race

Many plants reproduce using seeds which use water, oxygen, food and warmth to germinate and grow. But what is germination? How do you recognise the different stages? Does the length of each germination stage vary between different species of plants? We explore all these questions in The Seed Race.

Read or download our activity booklet below to learn more about the germination process. We show you how to set up an experiment to race seed types. Use our data recording race sheet to keep track and see how long it takes different seeds to grow and which one grows the fastest. 

The Seed Race Worksheet

See how you get on matching seeds with their fruits in our Pairs/Pears game

The Seed Race Find the Pair Game

With thanks to Team Seed Race: Samantha Suter, Livia Ionescu, Lara Wehbe, Harriet Watson and Simon Escher. 

Our thanks also go to the project funders: University of Glasgow MVLS & CoSE Grad Schools