Alcoholic Beetroot!

DSCN7872On Tuesday, Year 5/6 (Mr Lett’s class) asked Lab_13 about how alcohol effects cells. They couldn’t use humans to experiments so they used beetroot cells instead. The reason why, wasn’t because they hate beetroot, but because beetroot has an obvious reaction when a cell explodes. If you damage the cell, the pink pigment is released.

 

??????????They chopped their own beetroot to experiment on, since they are old enough and responsible enough to use a craft knife. After cutting, Mr Lett’s class poured 100% alcohol in one cup, 100% water in another and one group chose 60% alcohol and 40% water and in one cup 40% alcohol and 60% water. We found that alcohol really damages biological cells and have the length of time you drink alcohol for and the strength of the alcohol has a big effect on damaged caused. As you can see in the pictures posted, the children enjoyed this exciting experiment with Miss Hogan.

Talk to you soon, Morgan and Ebony

 

 

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