What do scientist’s call dirt? Soil of coarse!

The Year 12 Environmental Science class took part in a two hour laboratory practical as part of their unit on Soil and Soil Erosion. This unit of work falls under the ‘Research Methods’ section of the A-Level, where students must undertake a variety of data collection projects. In this instance, the group were required to analyse four soil samples and use a number of soil testing experiments to determine the different soil types.

The experiments involved the use of universal indicator to test acidity, a soil sieve to measure the particle size, and a fun experiment involving water! Once the practical is completed, a project report is written and students must write about the methods they used and the conclusions they have drawn. This was a fantastic opportunity for many of our Environmental Scientist’s to try new experiments, but also learn about the science of soils and why they are important to life on earth.