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Abstracts from Weaver Lake Elementary 2012

Weaver Lake Elementary
15900 Weaver Lake Road
Maple Grove, MN 55311

Year: 2012
Teacher(s): Karla Juetten, Matt MacPhail, Sarah Menk, Mary Moran, Krista Paterson, Richard Veth, Andrea Wilson Vazquez

3, 2, 1, GO! The Study Of A Hissing Cockroach on Different Types Of Ground

Maya A, Julia Y

We filled three tracks up with sand, dirt and wood chips. We wanted to see which ground the cockroaches preferred. We put each of our three cockroaches (Joe, Bud, and Larry) on the track and tested them to see how many seconds it would take to make it to the end. Our results are that the cockroaches moved faster on sand than on dirt or wood chips.

aMAZEing Cockroaches

Marit S, Nicole S

We put three cockroaches in a Lego "maze" in 27 degrees Celsius, 12 degrees Celsius, and 20 degrees Celsius to see how far it would go in 20 seconds (at separate times). The data supports the null hypothesis: temperature doesn't have any affect on how far a cockroach goes in a Lego "maze."

At an Angle

Maia B, Milan D

We wanted to see how an angle affects how fast a darkling beetle moves. We timed the beetles at 25, 40, and 55 degree angles.

Bess Beetle vs Wet Material

Alaina W, Carese M

The purpose of our study was to see if Bess Beetles would travel farthest in wet soil, sand, or leaves.

Bess Beetles Bugging Around in the Sand

Jadyn H, Hannah G

The purpose of our study was to find out how much moisture has to be in sand for a Bess Beetle to stay there. We wanted to see if they would choose dry or damp sand.

Burning and Freezing Cockroaches

Ting V, Toan L, Justin L

We wanted to know if the temperature affected the cockroach's running speed. We decided to test this question with room temperature paper, ice-cooled paper, and heated paper. We found that he cockroaches ran faster on ice-cooled paper.

Carrot vs. Apple!! What Will a Hissing Cockroach Prefer?

Samuel W, Laly Y, Brae B

We put a cockroach in a track and on either side was a carrot and an apple. We wanted to see which food they would prefer. We found that the cockroaches preferred carrots. They chose carrot 76% of the time.

Caterpillars Adventures Into the Climates

Orien Z

Our experiment tested how temperature affects monarch caterpillars eating milkweed. In our experiment we had three monarch caterpillars and week old milkweed leaves. We put the caterpillars in a bin with milkweed and when they touched the milkweed we started the timer. We waited one minute then we took the milkweed out and weighed it.

Cockroach Adventures Lab!

Zaynab A, Sierra M, Ray S

We timed the cockroach when it climbed up the incline while one side had water with cardboard and one side with oil on cardboard. We put a starting line and a finish line on both sides of the cardboard pieces. Then, we timed the cockroach to see how long it would take for the cockroach to pass the finish line. The purpose of the study is to see if the cockroach would go faster up the incline with water on cardboard, oil on cardboard, or just plain, dry cardboard.

Cockroach Summit

Brennen B, Logan B, Matt H

We put a cockroach on four different surfaces and saw if it would climb faster or slower. The purpose of our experiment was to see what a cockroach could climb fastest.

Darkling Beetle Color Investigation

Sam G, Marina O, Matthew L

Our group was running an investigation to see if color affected a darkling beetle. We made an arena with 9 different colored squares 4x4in. and 4x12in. gray paper walls.

Do Darkling Beetles Prefer Wet or Dry Soil?

Nick K, Andy S

We put darkling beetles in a container with wet and dry soil. We observed them to see which they preferred. The darkling beetles preferred dry land 8-7 which means that they basically chose both the same amount.

Fun with Bugs How Fast Can They Go?

Jack O

We timed two Hissing Cockroaches to see how fast they could cross four different substrates. We wanted to see which surface they could run across fastest.

Go, Bess Beetle, Go!

Clarence D

We tested to see if the Bess Beetle would show a preference for moss or wood, because we noticed they had both substrates in their containers. We know that Bess Beetles eat wood, but our investigation showed it spent longer time on the moss.

Hey You, Yeah You, Look Over Here

Amulya M, Gaoshua Y, Karina X

The purpose of this study was to find out what surface the Bess Beetle walked faster on. We timed the beetles to see how long it took them to walk across two different textures.

Hissing Cockroaches

Eddie M

The purpose was to test how fast hissing cockroaches go in different levels of water. We wanted to know how water levels affect the cockroaches'speed.

How Does a Cockroach React to a Millipede Nearby?

Angeline X, Melodie Y, Lexi A, Masue K

We put a cockroach in a track to see how it would react to a millipede present. We wanted to know if the cockroach would react to a millipede nearby. We found that if there's a millipede present, the cockroach moved less far.

How Fast Can Cockroaches Move on Different Terrains?

Gigi G

The purpose of our study was to find out how fast a cockroach moves on three different terrains: rocks, grass, and sand.

Junk Food Feeding Time

Rand C, Duane H, Abbie R

Our group did an investigation on whether crickets preferred sugary food. The reason we decided to do this is because we knew humans have a sweet tooth, so we wanted to see if crickets also liked sugary food. We found that the crickets preferred the unsweetened carrot.

Monarch Wind

Emma G, Lily O

We tested 3 monarch caterpillars on how far they can crawl in 1 minute with different fan speeds on behind them. The purpose of this experiment was to learn how wind speed affects a monarch caterpillar's crawling. The results were, the higher the fan was on, the more the caterpillars turned and didn't crawl straight. They actually started moving towards the fan instead of away from it.

Night or Day?

Raj D, Gordy P

We decided to see if Bess Beetles would spend more time in a bright or dark environment. We put a Bess Beetle in a box and checked if it was on the light or dark side after two minutes.

Odontotaenius Disjunctus SPEED

Laura D, Eve V, Breya Y

We tested the speed of a bess beetle with three different texture. First we tested with fabric then sand and clay mixture then tested it with wet tinfoil. We also use tin foil for the walls which is 2 inches for all textures so the bess beetle won't crawl off the track. Our purpose for this investigation was to see how fast a bess beetle can get across different textures.

Operation Cockroaches

Sharon L, Tamiya B

In our investigation, we wanted to find out if cockroaches had a preference for a certain temperature of food. We wanted to investigate this because we wondered if they were used to room temperature foods, and wanted to find out what would happen if we gave them hot and cold foods. Our investigation showed that they preferred cold foods.

Run, Cockroach, Run!

Marlon J, Cole R, Ben S

How Does Incline Affect a Hissing Cockroach's Speed? First we set up a ramp and then we made the ramp so it could move to 3 different angles, 20 degrees up, 20 degrees down, and flat.

Sand Chips

Jessica C, Erica S, Drake R

We wanted to find out what kind of substrate the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach preferred: wood chips or sand. We wanted to know this because we wondered if they would prefer a softer or harder surface. We found that the cockroaches spent more time in the sand than in the wood chips.

Senses of a Bess Beetle

Dragon M, Javi X

Our group did and experiment with Bess Beetles to see if they could sense their food from a certain distance. We timed them to see how long it took to get to the food.

Speedy Beedie

Richjen K

The purpose of this investigation was to see if color made a difference in how fast Bess Beetles went through a tube. Our investigation showed that Bess Beetles went faster through an orange tube than a blue tube.

Speedy Bess Beetles

Gavin B, Madison L, Emily Y

We wanted to know if food affected a Bess Beetle's speed in a maze. We used a jagged maze and a straight maze, and found that the Bess Beetle went through the mazes with food faster than the mazes without food.

Stuck Up Cockroaches

Cayden A

We wanted to see if a cockroach went faster, slower, or the same speed on a sticky surface than it did on a non-sticky surface. We did this experiment to see if a cockroach could walk on a sticky surface. The results are that the cockroach went slower on a sticky surface than on a non-sticky surface, because it went slower on the tape than the table top.

The Colorful Apples

Camryn K, Mylina N

In this investigation, we wanted to see if the Darkling Beetle showed a preference for a colored apple over an undyed apple. we gave them 3 colored apples, and a plain apple, and found out that they spent more time on the red apple than on the other colored apples.

The Incline Effect

Aamaro B, Nikita O, Diego E, Lucy S

We made a 12 inch track of cardstock for our Bess Beetle to race on. We wanted to see if changing the amount of incline would change how fast the Beetle would crawl the 12 inches.

The Reaction of the Cockroach

Ayo O

We wanted to see what the reaction of the Madagascar Hissing cockroach would be if we placed 2 insects at a time in 1 plastic container. We first placed 2 millipedes in our container with the cockroach for 1 minute. Then we added 2 crickets to our container for 1 minute. Since these are school insects, we thought that they weren't put in the same container as much so we got curious about their reaction if they were placed together.

The Sprinting Cockroach

Parker T, Andy Y, Nam N

We tested Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to see what the effect of food on their speed through a tube would be. We wondered if food made them go faster. Our investigation showed that food did make them go faster through the tube.

The Surface Millipedes Like the Best

Reed L, Alex L, Bronson K

We put the millipede in a container that had four sections (rocks, sand, cardboard, and grass). We wanted to find out which surface the millipede likes best. The millipede kept stopping at the sand and the grass surface, but it never stopped at the other surfaces.

Traveling Cockroaches

Justin M, Ibrahim A

We put a cockroach on three different surfaces for one minute to see how the surface affects the cockroach's distance traveled. The cockroach went about equal in clay (167.7 in.) and sandpaper (170.5 in.), and only 35.2 inches in leaves and dirt.

Who's Your Idol?! Which Type of Music Does a Cockroach Prefer?

Annika T, Olivia J

We put a cockroach in the middle of a track and played two different types of music (pop and lullaby). We wanted to find out how different types of music affect a cockroach. We found out that the music the cockroaches moved toward the most was pop music.

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