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Abstracts from Cedar Park S.T.E.M. School 2011

Cedar Park S.T.E.M. School
7500 Whitney Drive
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Year: 2011
Teacher(s): Kelli Ellickson

Drought Route Survivors

Jodaya B, Uzoma N, Eric R, Marvin W, Travon M

In this experiment, painted lady butterflies put their survival skills to the test under drought conditions that are like this year's monarch migration route.

How Does Temperature Affect Cricket Chirping?

Yuh K, Andy H, Ashwin J, Rohith J, Emily K

In this experiment we will put chirping crickets to the test to find out if temperature affects how fast they chirp.

Now You See It, Now You Don't!

Jason F, Branson S, Ryan C, Keeley K, Derek D

In third grade we learned that there are different kinds of light. We also learned Insect eyes can detect light that is invisible to human eyes. We were curious how the milkweed bug specimens we caught in our school garden might use their special vision. In our experiment we will test if milkweed bugs use ultra-violet light to locate food.

Ready, Set Pupate!

Braden K, Kahliyah M, Dylan W, Quintin D, Henok M

We wanted to construct a house for painted lady butterflies so we could raise and study them in the winter and release them in the spring. To engineer their home we thought about what kinds of construction materials would be best for building a roof. We knew the roof had to be just right because the butterflies needed to hang from it when they started to pupate. This led us to our focus question. What materials would painted lady butterflies prefer to attach to when they pupate? We can use the information we learn from our science experiment to help us design a roof for our butterfly house that is just right for our painted lady caterpillars to pupate.

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