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•   Assorted Middle School Animal Project Abstracts

INSECTS

•     Is it possible to get ants intoxicated? How can you tell if they are?

•   Does room temperature have any effect on ant populations?

•   Do local ant species use acid to protect themselves when threatened?

•   What are the effects of light and darkness on ants?

•     How do ants react to a shortage of food?

•  Given a choice of several types of food, which one do ants prefer?

•   Does an extract of crushed lady bugs work as an ant repellant?

•   Do insecticides always work against roaches or do they develop a tolerance?

•   Can roaches learn to run a maze? If so, how long does it take?

•   Which insecticides work best against  fruitflies?

•   What is the effect of insecticides on ladybugs?

•     Compare organic pesticides to commercial pesticides.

•   What natural insecticide is most effective against crickets?

•   What factors affect the rate at which a cricket chirps? Moisture? Light?
        Temperature? Time of year? Presence of other crickets?

•   Does host species affect the wing size of adult female Melittobia digitata?

•    Does alcohol, caffeine or other drugs affect a spider's ability to weave its web?

•    Which mosquito repellent works best?

•   What makes a lightning bug glow? Can we reproduce the glow?

•     What is the effect of strong magnetic or electric fields on insects?

•   What is the effect of exposing moth pupa to radiation?

•   What effect does ultraviolet radiation have on Swallowtail Butterflies?

•     How do insects use camouflage to protect themselves?

•     Is color a factor in attracting various types of insects?

•   What is the role of oxygen's radical in the aging of fruit flies?

•   Mealworm experiments for elementary students.

•   How do mealworms respond to heat?

•   Can you predict which direction a mealworm will move?

•   Can we tell when a mealworm is out of breath?

•   How do different surfaces affect mealworm travel?

•     What is the effect of caffeine and/or tobacco on the growth of mealworms?

BIRDS

•   What are the best conditions for hatching chicken or duck eggs? Build a
        simple incubator and then test with different temperatures/humidity.

•   What effects will synthetic steriods have on the growth of chickens?

•     Does playing music increase egg-laying in chickens? Ducks?

•   Which bird sounds will a parakeet respond to?

•     Do different species of birds prefer different types of seeds?

•     Are hummingbirds attracted by any certain color of feeder?

•     Do different species of birds feed at different times of the day.

•     What do sparrows eat during the winter to keep themselves alive?

•     How do birds use camouflage to protect themselves?   

•   What is learned about a barn owl's diet through dissecting its pellets?

AQUATIC

•   How does temperature affect the growth of tadpoles?

•   What effects will acidic water have on tadpoles or other amphibians?

•   What effects will changing temperature have on a toad's respiration rate?
        (Alternatively, a goldfish may be used)
 

•   What is the best environment for a goldfish?

•   Does the amount of light present affect the activity level of goldfish?

•     What is the effects of phosphates on fish?

•     Are tropical fish territorial?  Will they protect their area in the fish tank?

•   What is the reaction of brine shrimp to changes in water salinity, pH,    
        temperature changes or light variations?

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  Will seamonkeys' response to light be affected by the color of the light?

•   What is role of temperature and salinity in the purple sea urchin's choice of
        intertidal zone habitat?

•   What effect does light have on crayfish?

•   What effect does light have on euglenas?

•     What changes occur in fish when their water is polluted with industrial waste?

•   Can clams survive in solutions other than salt water?

RODENTS

•   Does different types of music affect the ability of mice to run a maze?  
•   Does different types of music affect the ability of rats to run a maze?

•   Does genkgo biloba or gensing enhance the memory of mice to run a maze?

•   Does diet affect the memory of mice to run a maze?

•   Which vitamin supplement is best for weight gain in mice?

•   What is the effect of androstenedione on a rodent's weight?

•   Will the use of lithium chloride affect a rodent's food preferences?

•   Can artificial lighting be used to alter an animal's sleeping habits?

•    How effective are analgesics in reducing a lab animals pain?

MISCELLANEOUS

•     What effect does increased soil acidity have on earthworms?

•    What is the effect of mucus on slug locomotion?

•     Can the heartbeat of an earthworm be monitored?

•     What is the effect of different levels of light on an earthworm?

•     What is the effect of different temperatures on an earthworm?

•     Are there any effects from feeding snails alcohol-saturated food?

•     Does repeated exposure to saline solutions affect earthworm reproduction?

•     How do pets respond to different types of food (pellets,  solids, textured)?

•     What do we need to do to create a conditioned response in a pet?

•     How does air pollution affect the growth of algae?

•     Which grows faster -- human hair or animal fur?        

•     How many insects per day will a frog consume?

•   Does a student's grade level affect his/her knowledge of endangered species?

 

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Posted 9 Dec 98       Updated 16 January 2003       All rights reserved