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Zoology Topic-as soon as possible please (:

Postby CowWithACape » Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:30 pm

I am in desperate need of a science experiment- this is my fourth year competing in PJAS (Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science) and I have gone to state competition each time. I don't want to break my streak because I have no project! I love animals and need an advanced project. I have searched for hours and nothing interesting AND advanced enough has come up. In the past I have tested which brand of cat food is best digested, what type of hair collects the most oil, and if small animal digestive aid powder aids pet digestion. I would love to keep this project relating to animals in any way, though chemistry also interests me. Any help would be appreciated-2 of the three projects I listed I had to make up on my own, but I need a project in the next few days and I'm out of ideas! Thank you!!
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Re: Zoology Topic-as soon as possible please (:

Postby Susan621 » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:59 am

Love to hear your enthusiasm working with animals. Here are a few ideas that would also incorporate chemistry. If any of these topics interest you I would happy to help you brain storm ideas in designing a project. I am curious, do you have access to a lab and lab animals?

How about breaking down the components of cat/dog food. Determining which brands are better and which are mostly filler. I find this very interesting especially with cats considering that cats are carnivores yet many brands of cat food are filled with non meat products.

Along the same idea with cat diet. Many cats develop urine crystals that if left untreated can be fatal. It is most likely attributed to magnesium in their diet. Many people agree that the "filler" in cat food is to blame for this problem. Since you are also interested in chemistry looking at what causes this crystal formation and what food would help and hinder this disease in cats could be very interesting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_low ... ct_disease

Those are 2 of my ideas. Let me know what you think. I am happy to help you think of more especially if you have access to a lab.
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Re: Zoology Topic-as soon as possible please (:

Postby heatherL » Tue Oct 29, 2013 5:16 am

Hi CowWithACape,

It's great that you want to continue with your interest in animals! Susan621 gave you some great ideas. Here are a few more to get you thinking.

The effects of caffeine on the physiology of animals: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p030.shtml
Note that this one would be with invertebrate animals, but if you have access to lab rats you may be able to take it further. (Remember you will need to fill out all the paperwork with regard to using vertebrate animals in your study, if you decide to do so.)

Do large mammals align themselves with the Earth's magnetic field? http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p058.shtml

How food supplements affect weight gain of juvenile mice: http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... p007.shtml

Hopefully this gets you started. You can also use the Science Buddies Topic Selection Wizard (http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-f ... ndaproject) to look for projects in your particular areas of interest.

Please post again (in this same thread) if you have more questions along the way.

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