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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
MamBio_p011
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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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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
MamBio_p015
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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
MamBio_p016
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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 Have you ever been to an animal show and seen a sea lion balance a ball on his nose, or a tiger jump through a hoop? Or maybe you've met dogs who can sit, fetch, shake, or beg on command. The range of tricks that you can teach animals is amazing, but how does animal training work, and how long does it take? Find out in this trick-and-treat filled science fair project! Read more
MamBio_p025
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For this science fair project you will need a pet that you can train on a daily basis.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision is required while you are working with the pet. Be sure you are very familiar with the pet and that you give the pet breaks when he or she seems bored or frustrated.
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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
MamBio_p018
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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 Has your dog ever barked, seemingly for no reason at all? Or has your cat ever stopped and carefully smelled a spot that looked perfectly clean to you? Pets, like people, have senses that they use to learn about and to react to their world, but their senses can be stronger or weaker than people's. In this mammalian biology science fair project, you'll study your pet's sense of taste by conducting taste tests and watching how your pet acts to determine his or her favorite type, flavor, or brand… Read more
MamBio_p028
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites You will need to work with a pet with whom you are familiar.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision is required when working with animals.
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thumbnail Do you love animals and want to help keep them healthy? Well, here's your chance to design and tailor a toy that will bring out your pet's most playful nature. In this science fair project, you'll evaluate the skills and activities of your pet and determine what kinds of toys most excite your pet and make him or her lively and curious. So call your furry or feathered friend, and let the frolicking begin! Read more
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability You will need to work with a pet that you are very familiar with.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision is required when testing enrichment toys. Pet safety must be considered at all times. All toys must be made from non-toxic materials. You should be familiar with the pet you are working with.
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thumbnail Did you know that there are over 58 million overweight cats and dogs in the United States? Is your pet one of them? How about your neighbor's cat or your grandma's dog? In this science project you'll determine what percentage of the pets you know are overweight and how their weights compare to pets' weights throughout the United States. Read more
MamBio_p020
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability For this science project you will need to have access to a large number of pets. See the Experimental Procedure section for ideas on how to do this.
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Adult supervision is recommended when interacting with animals you don't know that well.
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thumbnail Have you ever wondered why a plant that grows well in one environment may not survive in a different environment? For example, plants that grow well in a wet jungle would probably not do so well in a dry desert, lacking enough water. This is because plants have adapted to their specific environment. Some plants have even adapted to tolerate chemicals that would usually be toxic, such as various heavy metals. In this plant biology science project, you will investigate whether different… Read more
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability The Arabidopsis thaliana seeds for this science project need to be specially ordered in advance with the help of a parent or teacher. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost High ($100 - $150)
Safety Take all proper safety precautions when working with the heavy metals. Wear gloves. You may need additional protection, such as goggles.
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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
MamBio_p027
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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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