We examined the acorn and came up with some suggestions - 'to protect the seed when it falls off the tree' seemed to be the most sensible answer... at the time.
With Health and Safety in mind we then thought about how we could go about testing our idea that Acorns have 'hats' to protect the seed when they fall, head first, onto the ground.
Out we went to investigate this somewhat strange idea:
|Alex and Ethan throw an acorn towards their tray.|
|Errin and Amber.ensuring their drop height remains the |
same for each acorn they test.
|They all landed on their sides.|
|Jame's results sheet.|
Having compared results, Mr Coles showed us a slow motion video clip of an acorn falling from a tree. The hats were still on the tree when the acorn fell - they were simply a cup that held the acorn in place until it was ready to fall.