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Abstracts from Cedar Park S.T.E.M. School 2018

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

Year: 2018
Teacher(s): Kelli Ellickson

Benthic Indicators: How Do Pollutants Affect Dragonfly Nymph Health?

Zach W, Abhishek S, Jamee L

The fifth grade conducted a macro-invertebrate water quality study at our school pond. The water quality index data indicated the pond water was fair to poor. When our Entomology Club realized the pond was unhealthy we decided to figure out why. We believe humans may be to blame or an invasive species called the Chinese Mystery Snail. In our study we tested different types of pollutants found draining into our pond to determine their impact.

Fatal Attraction: Designing An Environmentally Friendly Japanese Beetle Trap

Olivia C

The purpose of this experiment was to figure out if Japanese Beetles prefer a certain color of light.  Japanese Beetles were put in a box with Red, Blue, Green and White lights.  After checking on them throughout the day I concluded that they prefer White light to the other three.  I used this information along with other research to design and build a Japanese Beetle trap that does not harm the environment.

Invasive Chinese Snail Mystery: Predator or Prey?

Bennett M, Maab M, Abigail H, Krystal L

Our Entomology Club conducted a water quality index study at our school pond. We discovered many different forms of macro invertebrates including an invasive species called the Chinese Mystery Snail. We were curious what their impact might be on the pond's food web. In this study we discovered the role Chines mystery snails play in this aquatic food web.

Tipping The Scale! An Invasive Chinese Mystery Snail Food Preference Study

Sudha S, Amelia B

Our fifth grade classes discovered large numbers of invasive Chinese Mystery Snails during our pond water quality study. Our Entomology Club decided to put Chinese Mystery Snails to the test, to determine if this large invasive population's eating preferences may be negatively affecting our pond's food web.

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