Science & Nature

Physics of Plants: Photosynthesis, Fertilizer, Communication & Germination

Explore how photosynthesis works on an atomic level, make your own organic fertilizer using the N-P-K formula, learn how plants communicate with each other, and discover the amazing chemistry of plant germination!
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Completed by 60 learners

50 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 4 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times

Pacific Time

Sat Jun 11

Jun 11 - Jul 2 (4 weeks)
12am - 12:50am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
Taught by:
Sunny Satpathy

Tue Jul 26

Jul 26 - Aug 16 (4 weeks)
5pm - 5:50pm
Taught by:
Sunny Satpathy

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Class Experience

In Session 1, students will learn about:
- The process of photosynthesis, including the chemical equations and reactions involved in photosynthesis
- How photosynthesis works biologically within plant chloroplast cells
- How plants enable the oxygenation of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans
- How plant design and biology is influencing research into new photovoltaic solar cell designs and human-made photosynthesis projects

In Session 2, students will learn about:
- The Chemistry of Fertilizer using the N-P-K Formula (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium)
- How Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium support plant growth in different and specific ways
- The role of Nitrogen-fixing plants and the concept of green living cover crops
- The fundamentals of fertilizer chemistry. Students will learn several ideas for easy-to-make homemade fertilizers that can be used to support the growth of house plants and the home garden. 

In Session 3, students will learn about:
- New research into plant sensing and plant communication
- How complex plant ecosystems support the plant community
- New research into the ways plants sense their environment and communicate both above ground and underground through a wide variety of chemical signals. 

In Session 4, students will learn about:
Session 4: Chemistry of Plant Germination 
- How some plant seeds can remain viable for years
- The chemical and biological processes of plant germination
- How to germinate plants seeds, and a resource list of readily available edible sproutable seeds that students can grow at home
We're dedicated to introducing young students to the amazing world of quantum physics, technological innovation and design! We've been offering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classes and creating educational materials for students of all ages for over 15 years. We're excited to share this course content with more students through Outschool. 
No required homework is assigned, but students will be given activities and resources for further exploration.
Below is an optional supply list for the course. These items are not required to participate in class, and primarily consist of common household items. Also, please bring a pencil and paper to each class for a drawing activity. 

Optional Supplies List 
Class 1 (Photosynthesis)
If available, bring a small living potted plant with green leaves to class. If you happen to have a plant at home with red leaves, please bring that to class as well.

Class 2 (Fertilizer)
If available, bring any of the following items to class. We’ll discuss how to use them to make homemade fertilizer:
Used eggshells, used tea bags or tea leaves, used coffee grounds, any fruit or vegetable scraps (cut into small pieces)

Class 3 (Communication) 
If available, bring a plant with a fragrance to class. 

Class 4 (Germination)
If available, bring a small plastic container with a lid, and/or a glass jar, a few paper towels, and any of the following edible sproutable seeds: alfalfa, chickpeas, peas, lentils, wheat berries, oat berries (whole oats, not processed or flattened); or any available plant seeds.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Learner progress will be assessed through in-class discussion and a fun, end-of-class quiz.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.

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Quantum Physics for Kids
Lives in the United States
Quantum Physics, Invention & Science Research Classes
929 total reviews
765 completed classes

About Us

We're excited to support your child in exploring quantum physics, invention and science research! Our classes are designed to get kids excited about physics and its impact on our lives, while supporting students in developing critical thinking... 
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