Pitch Perfect – The Rate of Photosynthesis of Football Turf (iStage 3)
Roots and leaves of football turf are suffering a lot during a football match. For this reason it is vital to encourage the rapid recovery of the damaged grass between two matches: For example by using artificial light.
In ‘Pitch Perfect’ students of secondary school examine in their biology classes the impact of the wavelength of light on the rate of photosynthesis and the plant growth. Therefore the students grow their own grass and examine by using LED lamps which colour of light is absorbed the most by chlorophyll. The absorbed light stimulates light-dependent reactions which support a healthy plant growth.
The teaching unit is taken from the brochure ‘iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching’ from the topic ‘biosphere’. The complete brochure can be ordered free of charge via mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or downloaded. It was developed by 20 teachers from 15 countries around Europe. The project was proudly supported by SAP.
Authors: Márta Gajdosné Szabó (HU), Janine Hermann (CH), Giorgia Messori (IT), Maaike Smeets (NL), Richard Spencer (GB)
All additional material for the brochure can be found here.
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