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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from John Adams Middle School 2010

John Adams Middle School
1525 31st Street, NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Year: 2010
Teacher(s): Alissa Naymark

Does the surface of the habitat affect how much time the monarch butterfly spends on it?

Hannah J, Claire C

The purpose of this experiment is to see if different habitats affect how long the monarch butterfly stays on that habitat. Our question was ‘Does the surface of the habitat affect how much time the monarch butterfly spends on it?’ The habitats were rocks, leaves, sticks, and the netted cage. Our hypothesis was the sticks or netting would have the most time. The procedure that we used was; putting the butterfly onto the different habitats, let go of their wings and start the timer. As soon as they fly away we stop the timer and record how long they were on that habitat. The initial data supports our hypothesis, because we thought they would spend the most time on the netting.


HOW DOES THE AMOUNT OF CHOICE A COKRAOCH IS GIVEN AFFECT HOW FAST THEY LEARN TO NAVIGATE A MAZE?

Elena C, Kate K

The purpose of our experiment was to find out how long it takes for a cockroach to learn how to navigate a maze depending on the level of difficulty. We predict that it will take the cockroach longer to learn how to navigate a maze with a higher level of difficulty. We covered one arm of the maze with cardboard, and the rest with Plexiglas. We placed the cockroaches at the start of the maze in the cockroach hut. Then we released the cockroach and timed how long it took them to reach the final destination. We did this ten times for each of the 5 cockroaches and observed if the amount of time increased as we increased the level of difficulty.


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