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Everyone thinks their dog's the best, but in the case of smelling ability, all dogs possess super powers. In fact, a dog's nose can be over a 1,000 times more sensitive than a human's! In this project, learn about smell from a dog's unique perspective. There will be a whole lot of sniffing going on when you set up these fun experiments to find out what scents your dog and other canine friends find most interesting or appealing. Read more
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites Comfortable around dogs and knowledgeable in their treatment and care
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Requires adult supervision
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Got a pampered pooch in your household? Then you know how much most dogs love their toys. And not just any toy. It has to be that particular beat up ball, gnawed frisbee, or ratty not-so-plush-anymore bunny with only one eye and partial ear remaining. Seems that dogs, like people, have definite preferences for their play things. This fun project investigates what makes a toy interesting to a dog. In these experiments, you and your dog can have some fun while you learn about canine behavior… Read more
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites Comfortable around and access to at least one adult dog
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Requires adult supervision
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thumbnail Planning on getting a new puppy soon? Why not use some of your play time with puppy to study growth rates and puppy development? You can easily chart a young puppy's weekly weight and growth over several months to compare how quickly body dimensions and bone lengths change. While this project may take some time, it's well worth the effort. You might be amazed at the dramatic growth of your "canine kid," and what other project combines science with as much fun, or a more adorable subject? Read more
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites Comfortable with and access to a puppy 7–10 weeks old
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No hazards
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thumbnail Have you ever wondered what goes on in your dog's mind? Even though humans have the benefit of language, trying to understand another person's thoughts can be hard enough sometimes. Your dog can't talk, so how can you find out what its brain is capable of? The obvious answer is to study its behavior. This project will show you some behavioral tests you can use to measure canine I.Q. Read more
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites To do this experiment you will need a good rapport with dogs, and access to a large number of dogs to test, with the help of their owners.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision required.
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thumbnail What is the first thing you do when you wake up on a cold, frosty morning? Snuggle down deeper under the covers? Animals, like puppies and piglets, do not like being cold either, but they do not have hands or blankets to wrap themselves up. So when animals get chilled, they change their behavior and do things like huddle—they curl up close to other animals. In this mammalian biology science fair project, you will see just how much huddling can help reduce heat loss. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Use caution when handling glass jars or thermometers, as they can break or crack if dropped. Adult supervision is required when using the stove.
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thumbnail Do you have bats in your neighborhood? Have you heard them "whoosh" by you, but not been able to see them? In this science fair project, you will be able to detect flying bats by listening in on the ultrasonic signals they produce to locate objects in their environment. The bat detector is a useful and fun tool for studying the biology of this nocturnal flying mammal. Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites Provide a brief description of requirements: Since this project involves studying bats in their native environment, you should start this project only if you are confident you have bats in your neighborhood. Ask your science teacher if there are local bats that you can observe.
Material Availability You will need to purchase a bat detector for this science fair project. See the Materials & Equipment section for more details on where to purchase one.
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety For this science fair project, you will be listening to bats as they fly near you. You will not be touching them or disturbing them in any way, so there are no safety issues. However, if you do see a bat on the ground, do not touch it because bats can carry dangerous diseases.
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thumbnail As your mom and dad always tell you, a healthy diet is important to good health. This project is designed to see what happens to mice when they are allowed to load up on sugary snacks. Do you think that they will gain excess weight? Do you think that the mice will regulate their own intake and maintain a 'healthy' diet? You can try this project and find out for yourself. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites For experiments involving vertebrate animals, ISEF-affiliated fairs require the experimental design to be approved by a scientific review committee ([# ProjectGuide Name="Advanced.ScientificReviewCommitteeSRC" Value="HtmlAnchor" HtmlText="SRC" #]) prior to the commencement of experiments.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail The great majority of people have a distinct hand preference. How about animals like dogs or cats? Do they show a paw preference? If you like animals, this science fair project might be for you. Read more
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites To do this science fair project, you will need a good rapport with pets, and access to a large number of dogs (or cats).
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision is required. Always get permission from the pet owner before testing paw preference.
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Cats are great house pets, but as every cat observer knows, they are also instinctive hunters. This experiment provides an interesting way to learn about cat behavior. You'll play bird call recordings for pet cats, and watch to see if the cat pays attention to the sound (by turning towards it) or ignores it. Will a pet cat distinguish between the calls of local birds vs. non-local birds? Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Specialty items
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No issues
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