Conduct A Great Science Experiment Using Hydroponics!
We are glad that you have decided to use hydroponics as your science experiment! Atlantis Hydroponics® has gathered several hydroponics science fair kits to help you examine the nature of gardening without soil and learn more about hydroponics. Also check the Atlantis Hydroponics® Tips & Tricks page for additional information about hydroponics and to learn how to get started on your hydroponic garden! Hydroponics is an easy and inexpensive way to test many different variables in soil and hydroponic gardening.
To get started, check out our very own Hydroponic Science Fair Kit for everything you need to get started on a deep water culture hydroponics system!
What Kind of Experiment Can I do With Hydroponics?
The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few examples of questions around which to form a hypothesis:
• Do plants grown hydroponically grow faster than those in soil?
• How does oxygenation of the water affect hydroponically grown plants?
• How does nutrient content affect plant growth?
• How does the pH of the nutrient solution affect plant growth?
• How does growth efficiency of hydroponics compare to growth efficiency of soil grown plants?
What Types of Plants Can I Use for my Experiment?
Anything can be grown hydroponically, but for an experiment, you will need to consider the duration of the experiment and the light that is available to you. Some plants we suggest are basil, lettuce, herbs and flowers of all types. All of these plants will grow quickly, and they do not require as much light as a fruiting plant (tomato, peppers, etc.)
How Do I Conduct my Experiment?
1. Set Up Your Experiment
Before you begin your hydroponic science fair experiment, there are several variable to consider that will have an outcome on the results of your experiment.
• What kind of plant will I use for my experiment?
• How much and what kind of nutrients should I use in my experiment?
• What is the air temperature?
• How much light will my plants need to grow?
2. Plant Your Seeds
When starting seeds, it is important to consider the growing media or soil where you will plant your seeds. We have found that the following substrates make great media in which to start your science fair experiment.
• Potting Soil
• Paper towel
3. Take Notes!
When conducting a science experiment, taking detailed notes about your observations will help to explain and support the results of your experiment. Factors to consider when making your observations include:
• Growth- Examine the size and growth rate of the plant, as well as the leaves and flowers
• Color- Examine the depth and brightness of your plants colors! This can indicate how healthy your plant is
• Produce- Examine the abundance of fruit and leaves your plant has produced
4. See Results!
With help from Atlantis Hydroponics®, the Benjamin E. Mays High School Engineering Team conducted a Hydroponics and Aquaponics experiment. Their research and findings led them to the world’s biggest science fair: The 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA where they earned 4th place! The team also took home the Gold Metal and Grand Prize at the Atlanta Public Schools Science fair! Read more about the Mays High School hydroponics experiment on the Atlantis Hydroponics® Press page.
The Benjamin E. Mays High School Engineering Team poses with their hydroponic
system installed with the help of Atlantis Hydroponics®
Contact us if there is anything we can do for you, and good luck!