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The purpose of this wildflower project is for us to use the scientific

knowledge we learnt in class, to develop more understanding of the


environment we live in, to improve our learning skills as a student, to have
a better vision in future scientific studies, and last but not least, to learn
about flowers. During this project, however, due to the fact that I live in
dorm, almost all the flowers I collected was by walking around the campus,
only one or two were from places other than the school campus. Which
certainly made the collecting a little hard since there are only that much
locations I could go to find flowers on campus. The first question I have
after making observation during the process is that is the one species of
flower going to run out after all the students picking them. The second one
is whether or not doing this project actually teaches me more about flowers.
The third one is whether or not working with someone together makes this
project quicker.
During the making of the final product, I used a binder, 34 photo
album pages, and small stack of A4 paper, and my wildflower guide.
The process for me from collecting the flowers to put them in the binder are
the followings:
First, after I spot out a flower, I use my wildflower guide to identify it,
and then I pick it. After that, I use a piece of toilet paper to cover it and put
it under a heavy object for it to squeeze out all the moister so that it won’t
rot. And I put the information of the flower into the wildflower data base I
created. After I collected all my flowers, I go to my data base and print out
all the necessary information in form of labels. After that I cut the labels out
and put them in the photo album pages with the correct flower and put
them into the binder according to alphabetical order.
MY final product is quite simple in design. It was not as colorful as some
others would have done, I used the color white the whole way through.
Which I believe worked out fairly well. I think the final product is very neat
and organized. And I reckon I would just simply show the flowers in the
presentation while reading out their names, loudly.
Through tis project, I have certainly improved my flower collecting
skills. Furthermore, I learnt a lot about the environment I live in, and a lot
about different kinds of flowers. And of course, I made mistakes in the
process. The most frustrating one was not being able to identify the flower
at the start, and brought them back to identify them, and it turned dry and
the flower and leaves were almost destroyed. One thing I would do
differently is that I would be more careful handling the flowers. I think the
thing went well in this project is that the data gathering was fairly easy, and
it didn’t take much time to do it. The thing I disliked about the project the
most is when I had to bring different kind of flowers and leaves into my
room to organize it, the smell that the plants brought was quite unpleasant.
For trends, I would say that the first trend would be that the consistency of
the speed of collecting the flower was very good in the start, but it kept
going worse as time goes. The second would be that all of them were
collected in Montgomery county. The third would be that all of them were
collected in sandy spring.
The respond to the first question is no, the certain flower species will
not run out. Because there are tons of them on the campus, even though
the it will be harder to find as time goes by, but the species will still be
there.
The respond to the second question is yes, in the process of
collecting flowers and identifying them, I no longer look at flowers and try to
tell what flower it is by its color. Although color does matter, but I did learn
how to observe the shapes and umbers and the placement of leaves and
the part of the flower to identify them, or at least tell which family it was
from.
The respond to the third question is yes, because a lot of times,
identifying flower can be hard, and working together with someone would
speed up the process.
The two new scientific question I would ask if I do this project again
are that can I do this whole project within a week, and whether or not I
could identify some of the flowers without using the wildlflower guide.
I think is reasonable to claim that the sandy spring area contains a
fair amount of different types of wildflowers. My data shows that all of my
wildflowers are from within the sand spring area. Therefore, we can say
that this area posses fair amount of species of wildflowers.