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thumbnail If you're looking for an experiment that will gross out just about everyone, you probably can't do much better than this! This project investigates an important question in the field of forensic entomology. Just make sure to get permission at home before you start. Read more
Zoo_p023
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
Prerequisites This project requires an Investigator who is not squeamish, and who is able to secure parental support for a project involving primary decomposers.
Material Availability Specialty items
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety Disinfect containers with 5% bleach solution before disposal.
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thumbnail Milkweed bugs, as their name suggests, have a close relationship with the milkweed plant. The plant produces an irritating, milky sap, and toxic compounds, but somehow the milkweed bug is unaffected by them. Instead, it concentrates chemicals from the sap in its body, acquiring an unsavory taste that, along with its bright coloration, protects it from predators. Given this close relationship, will the milkweed bug exhibit a color preference for egg-laying sites? This project is designed to find… Read more
Zoo_p027
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Specialty items
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety No issues
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Antlion larvae are known for their predatory ways. In sandy areas, they dig pits to trap ants or other crawling insects that happen to stumble in. This project shows you how to create a mini-environment for antlion larvae to test their preferences for pit-building sites. Read more
Zoo_p017
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Specialty items
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Whiteflies are a group of closely related insect species whose larvae live on plants. Like aphids, they suck nutrients from the plant's circulatory system. What is the most effective method for fighting a whitefly infestation in your garden? This project has some ideas for you to try. Read more
Zoo_p047
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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
Prerequisites Plants with whitefly infestation for testing different treatments.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Average ($50 - $100)
Safety Adult supervision required. Follow manufacturers instructions for safe use of commercial whitefly treatments.
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thumbnail Have you ever seen butterflies fluttering around outside, gliding through the air and landing on flowers? While they are delicate and fragile, butterflies are actually excellent flyers. They are so good, in fact, that scientists at Harvard University studied butterfly wing shapes as an inspiration for building a miniature flying robot. In this science project, you will do your own version of the Harvard scientists' experiment to measure the flight performance of butterfly wings. Read more
Aero_p049
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Average ($40 - $80)
Safety No issues
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Animals come in all shapes and sizes, each a small part of the amazing diversity of life. These differences can also help us to classify animals into different groups. Which group do you belong to? How many different types of animals can you find around your home? Do this experiment to investigate the diversity of animal life around your home. Read more
Zoo_p015
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No hazards
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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
MamBio_p007
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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 (SRC) prior to the commencement of experiments.
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Low ($20 - $50)
Safety No issues
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thumbnail Have you ever been so cold sitting in your house in the winter that you feel icicles could grow off your nose and your feet could turn into blocks of ice? Or have you ever been so hot in your house in the summer that sweat just drips off you? Making yourself comfortable can mean turning on the heater or the air conditioner—but that costs money. Still, being cozy or cool doesn't have to cost a lot of money if you use a geothermal heat pump. In this project you will build a model… Read more
Energy_p040
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Time Required Average (6-10 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability To make a geothermal heat pump you will need a pond pump. See the Materials and Equipment list for details.
Cost High ($100 - $150)
Safety Exercise caution when working with electrical equipment and water. Adult supervision is required.
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Why is your grandmother always wondering if you are drinking enough milk? Our bones are made out of calcium, a mineral found in milk, and drinking milk can lead to strong healthy bones. What about other animals? What are their bones made of? What kind of bones do they have? Are there animals without bones? Are endoskeletons and exoskeletons made out of the same materials? Read more
Zoo_p010
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety No hazards
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thumbnail Have you seen plankton? I am not talking about the evil villain trying to steal the Crabby Patty recipe from Mr. Crab. I am talking about plankton that live in the ocean. In this experiment you can learn how to collect your own plankton samples and see the wonderful diversity in shape and form of planktonic organisms. Read more
OceanSci_p010
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Time Required Short (2-5 days)
Prerequisites None
Material Availability Readily available
Cost Very Low (under $20)
Safety Requires parental supervision and use of water safety practices when collecting water samples from piers, docks, boats, and shorelines.
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