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  • Virtual: a simulated (made up) environment based on the real world. Often computers are used to create virtual worlds.

Experiment Overview

Educators, you might want to introduce this activity using the companion article, Time Traveling Plants, where students explore seed development and also the concepts of suspended animation, and time travel...

There are two parts of the experiment, Data Cards and Comparison Viewer - Viewer Windows. From the Data Cards and the individual Viewer Window, you can open a magnified view of that day's image by clicking on the image. Moving between Data Cards and Comparison Viewer can be done using the Quick Link Viewer.

Experiment Overview

Number of PointsVirtual Measuring Tool

You can click to place points and find distances using the virtual measuring in the magnification viewer.

The full featured virtual experiment is supported by all browsers except Internet Explorer.

Plant sprouting

Do seeds need light to grow? How do they know what direction to grow? These are a few of the questions students can explore with the Virtual Pocket Seed Experiment.

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Plant sprouting

Do seeds need light to grow? How do they know what direction to grow? These are a few of the questions students can explore with the Virtual Pocket Seed Experiment.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.