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Abstracts from Cedar Park S.T.E.M. School 2014

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

Year: 2014
Teacher(s): Kelli Ellickson

1-2-3 Activity of a Bee!

David S, Emaan O, Melanie S

Young Scholar students studied a colony of "busy" bees in our school courtyard during a four week honeybee residency with the Bell Museum. The purpose of this experiment is to determine if time of day has an affect on bee activity.


A Grasshopper's Favorite Food

Tyson C

In this experiment Tyson studied a grasshopper found in our school's native habitat. The purpose of his experiment is to test different plants to determine which ones grasshoppers prefer.


Butterfly, Flutter On By! A Painted Lady Butterfly Study of Flowers

Gabriela A, Krystani B, Victor N, Charlie M, Taylor D, Talan R

This Fall our After School Insect Club studied butterflies feeding in our native gardens and raised garden beds. We wondered what types of flowers butterflies preferred to feed on. In this experiment we will put Painted Lady Butterflies appetites to the test to determine which type of flower they are attracted to the most. The results of the test may help us determine what kinds of flowers to plant in our school gardens in spring.


Do You Dig It? A Darkling Beetle Substrate Study

Chris T, Han L, Wyatt K, Lukas H, Deonte F, Nathan V

In our After School Insect Club we observed Darkling Beetles crawling and digging in plastic tubs of bran. This made us wonder what type of substrate our beetles preferred to live on or in.  The purpose of this experiment is to determine which substrate attracted the most Darkling Beetles.


Does Temperature Affect Bee Activity?

Muzamil M, Savanna J, Jash P

Young Scholar students studied a colony of "busy" bees in our school courtyard during a four week honeybee residency with the Bell Museum. The purpose of their experiment is to determine if temperature affects the amount of bee activity outside a hive.


Give A Hoot, Does Water Runoff Pollute?

Dennis B, Matthew F, Balaid S, Jalen S

The fourth graders are studying water. In class we built models of watersheds, studied water run off and pollution and  built water filtration systems. Our after school insect club collected aquatic invertebrates using dip nets and observation tubs. We observed the dragonfly nymphs in containers of dirty pond water. We wondered if the water run off into our school pond was affecting dragonfly health. In this experiment, we tested dragonfly nymph's health in 3 different water run off situations.


Home Sweet Home

Akshara A, Rajee K

In this experiment fourth grade students put crickets to the test to determine which environment is best.


Hop To It! A Grasshopper Environment Study

Helmer M, Kevin K

Our After School Insect Club studied insects found in our outdoor native habitats and raised garden beds. Our research team observed many grasshoppers warming themselves on the brick wall of the school building. We wondered what type of environment they had come from.


Munch, Munch, A Grasshopper's Favorite Lunch

Alyan O

In this experiment different food items were tested to determine which grasshoppers prefer to eat. Find out if grass, leaves, grapes, or tomatoes are their favorite food.


Sweet Ant Attractions

Helen T

What is up with ants, why are they so attracted to sweets? In this experiment Helen puts ants to the test to determine which liquids they have a "sweet tooth" preference for.


Yummy, Yummy, What's In A Darkling Beetle's Tummy?

Riley V, Miguel O, Emanuel R, Joshua C, Caleb M, Adrian I

Our After School Insect Club studied Darkling Beetles. We were curious about the kinds of food they liked to eat. In this experiment, we tested vegetables and fruits from our school garden and the substrate the beetles were living in to see what they liked best.


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