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Science Saturday-What Makes Plants Grow

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Science Saturday – What Makes Plants Grow:  Soil Chemistry Lab

  • When: Sat., May 4, 2024 • 1–3pm
  • Drop off: Discovery Center at Water’s Edge (DCWE), 4505 Pulaski Hwy., Belcamp, MD 21017 
  • Cost: $10 material fee; pre-registration required; contact us for group reservation discount!
  • Registration can be found in Click here link
  • Max Availability: 16
  • Ages 5th grade and up.


What is the difference between dirt and soil?  Besides moisture what are the three main things plants need from soil?  Why won’t a blueberry bush and a cactus both do well in the same soil?  Oligochaeta and Enchytaeidae both live in your garden soil – what are they?  What percent of the species of life on earth live in the soil?

This session will address basic facts about the relationship between soil, earth’s life, and specifically plants.  Participants will conduct laboratory procedures to test several different samples of soil for conditions that encourage plant growth.

Please note, admission to the Discovery Center is not included in the price of this Science Saturday.

Register now!

Additional info for Science Saturday – What Makes Plants Grow below…

About the Discovery Center at Water’s Edge

Did you know that high-speed photography was invented at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG)? That the first computer, the ENIAC, was created and operated at APG?  That every bomb-sniffing dog can trace its roots to APG? How about the world’s first emails being sent via the ARPANet?

We have an incredible brain-trust at APG that for 100 years has developed world-changing technology for soldiers and civilians. The Discovery Center at Water’s Edge leverages this brain trust for the benefit of the public, particularly our students who must be STEM literate to succeed today.


May 4
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Discovery Center at Water’s Edge
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Discovery Center at Waters Edge
4505 Pulaski Hwy
Belcamp, MD 21017
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(410) 417-7116
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