Propagating Geraniums in Year 8

Year 8 have been learning fast about DNA and chromosomes. The class decided to move on to more advanced work on inheritance and cell division. The pupils are propagating geranium plants by taking cuttings and planting the short shoots in compost.

They are cloning the plant in order to see how cloning works differently in plants owing to their meristem cells in the shoot tips. We discussed how life would look if humans had meristem cells in our fingers, which was certainly an interesting topic!