Project Title: Grow Big or Grow Home: The Roots to Hydroponic Success
The goal of this experiment was to test and see if there was a specific concentration of a hydroponic fertilizer brand that would allow arugula to statistically produce more biomass, or yield. Hydroponic agriculture is often more justifiable than conventional agriculture. Allowing beneficial crops to consistently produce more biomass in a sustainable manner can aid rehabilitating the environment and working towards stronger food security.
My name is Emily Robb and I am in grade 10 attending Vincent Massey High School in Brandon, Manitoba. My interests include plant pathology, agricultural endeavours, soil physiology, environmental stewardship, and sustainability. Involving some of these are my hobbies, which mainly encompass experimenting with flora and working with agricultural matters, seeing that I am a Global Youth Institute recipient this year. I've also been playing ringette for 10 years, along with softball and curling for less time. This year, I focused on devising a solution for food insecurity that we face today. I also cared to be sustainable in doing this, so I used hydroponics, which grows plants without soil usage. I tested various hydroponic fertilizer brands in different concentrations, and statistically verified if the biomass each produced was somewhat significant. Moving forward, I would like to take this year's results to help formulate a highly effective hydroponic fertilizer for biomass production. This is my third year attending CWSF, and my tenth participating in science fair. Each year is incredible; countless brilliant ideas start here, and I look forward to it every year. I would insist that others join so that they can participate in life changing experiences as well.
Q: What has been your favourite activity (or activities) at the Canada Wide Science Fair this week?
A. Meeting amazing people from across the country that share your interests and reuniting with previous alumni.
Q. What did you learn from your experience at the CWSF?
A. That you can never have enough work or collect enough data.
Q. What do you think will be your favourite memory from the CWSF when you look back?
A. All of the the pins traded and being able to look at each of them to know the story of the person behind them, and how that person influenced our CWSF experience.
Q. What advice or recommendations would you give to a future CWSF participant before they went to the fair?
A. Make sure to understand every aspect of your project and the relating background knowledge, and bring lots of pins!
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