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•   Assorted Middle School Animal Project Abstracts


•     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?


•   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?


•   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?

  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?


•   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?


•     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