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Carolina EcoKits®: Investigating the Effects of Pollutants in Soil

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  • Measure dry and wet biomass to determine productivity
  • Explore different pollutants with your class
  • Examine how energy flows can be altered by pollution

Grades 9–12. Students can see the effects of air and water pollution all around them; however, soil pollution is harder to spot. In this activity, your students grow their own rye grass ecosystem and use it to experiment with different levels of pollutants. They can see firsthand how pollution impacts primary productivity and the flow of energy in the terrestrial system. Students also learn to estimate pollution's impact on productivity by performing biomass measurements. Kit accommodates 32 students working in groups of 4.


What’s Included:
  • 1 Rye Grass Seeds, 1 lb
  • 1 String, 200-ft Roll
  • 8 Cups, 9 oz
  • 8 Plant Trays, 11 x 11”
  • 8 Plant Domes, 11 x 11”
  • 2 Potting Soil, 8-qt Bags
  • 50 Plant Labels
  • 1 Sodium Chloride, 100 g
  • 1 20-20-20 Fertilizer, 8 oz
  • 1 Digital Resource Instruction Card
  • 1 Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide
Needed But Not Included:
  •  Internet Access
  • 1 PC, Laptop, or Tablet
  • 1 Light Bank
  • 8 Pushpins
  • 2 Balances
  • 1 Scissors (per group)
  • 4 Springwater, 1 gal
  • 24 Weighing Boats (per group)
  • 2 Spoons
  • 8 Graduated Cylinders, 100 mL
  • 8 Beakers, 150 mL (or larger)
  • 1 Permanent Marker (per group)
  • 3 Bottles with Caps, 1 L
  • 1 Ruler (per group)
  • 4 Garden Trowels (optional)
  • 1 Drying Oven (optional)
  • 1 Plant Press and Blotting Paper (optional)
  • 1 Tape, Clear or Masking, Roll
Return Policy:

If for any reason you are not satisfied with this item, it is eligible for a return, exchange, refund, or credit up to 180 days from date of purchase. Restrictions may apply. Returns & Exchanges Policy.

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