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Abstracts from St. Odilia 2005

St. Odilia
3495 Victoria St N
Shoreview, MN 55126

Year: 2005
Teacher(s): Caroline Waskow

Garlic Repellent

Alex S, Angela B, Erin M

The question asked was will garlic keep the mosquitoes away like in the myth it keeps the vampires away. The experiment was tested by rubbing a garlic powder solution on the skin (left arm, right leg) and going into a mosquito net with the mosquito and letting it go. The experiment was tested to find a new repellant for mosquitoes. This experiment was done because mosquitoes are annoying and they bother and bite people unless the people are wearing repellant on their skin. The results are that it doesn't matter if there is garlic on the skin because there was an equal amount of mosquitoes that landed on skin (garlic), clothes, and non garlic. The results were influenced because: There were only four mosquitoes tested. The mosquitoes were in a jar for a while before the experiment and they might have been scared so they didn't feel like biting. The space used was too small and the mosquitoes and the mosquitoes felt claustrophobic. The time allowed for the mosquitoes to react was too short. It wasn't the mosquitoes eating time so they weren't hungry. New things learned by doing this project are as follows: Mosquitoes (according to when the mosquitoes were caught for the project) usually hit their peek at around the time when it is a little after the sun goes down. Mosquitoes need a big space to fly around because when the mosquitoes were tested the mosquitoes were trying to get out of the net as soon as possible if they didn't go to your skin.


Gypsies

Emil W

The Gypsy moth is an invasive species first brought to Massachusetts from Europe in 1869 as part of a failed attempt to breed a hardier silk worm. An invasive species is a species that doesn’t belong in that environment and usually has no natural predators so it can destroy that environment. The Gypsy moth undergoes a complete metamorphasis which takes them about one year to complete. The Gypsy moth lives in forested areas because their main food is the trees. The Gypsy moth needs to be controlled or it will destroy all of our forests. They are currently being controlled by the MDA planting Delta traps which are just a 5x6 pup tent-shaped pieces of cardboard that are stapled or tied to trees. Each trap contains a pheromone designed to lure adult Gypsy moths. Controlling the Gypsy moth has been difficult.


Jumpy Crickets

Six crickets were observed to determine how high they jumped. The question was tested because it is an interesting topic. The results were that crickets usually jump less than three inches. Uncertainties are that the crickets jump very quickly so it is hard to judge how high the cricket really did jump, only six crickets were tested, the weather was different each day that the experiment was tested, the crickets were all different sizes, and they were not in their natural environment. Crickets jump under three inches on average. The bigger the cricket the higher the cricket will jump.


The Wonderful World of Dragonflies

Katelyn P

This experiment was concluded to find out where dragonflies live most of their life and whether the dragonflies prefer different substances. The experiment was simply done by going to different parks and counting the number of dragonflies in the different environments, the question was chosen because it would be interesting to see where the dragonflies spend most of their life. After several pages of data had been recorded the total was added up and the question was solved. Some of the factors that made this experiment unfair, as that most dragonflies where not out during the cold months of fall, but their may have been more in the summer or spring. Throughout learning about dragonflies some new information was learned, like that dragonflies prefer to be in more sunny or flowery areas, and they enjoy being protected and safe during their whole life.


Windows?

Edward W

Monarchs were released in a room with a window to see if they could see the window. It is unclear if the monarchs see the window or if they are attracted to the light. Uncertainties are the windows were different in size and the experiment was done in October and the monarchs wanted to migrate so they may have flew to the window to go south. I learned that monarchs seem to be attracted to light and they don’t seem to see the glass in the window.


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