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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from New City School 2013

New City School
229 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Year: 2013
Teacher(s): Gia Gifford, Lauren Davidson, Melissa Johnson

Best Roach Restaurant of 2013

Theo L

This fall we observed Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed the cockroaches eating different foods. These observations made us wonder how the type of food affects the number of cockroaches observed in the food dish. To test our question we observed the amount of cockroaches in the food dish six times a day for four days.


Cockroach, You’re Grounded!

Arman C, Frank H

This fall we observed Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed that different bins had different substrates. These observations made us wonder what type of substrate the cockroaches are in more often. To test our question we observed what type of substrate the cockroaches are in six times a day for four days.


Get a Grip!

This fall we observed Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed the cockroaches climbed on the plastic walls and glass walls. These observations made us wonder if cockroaches would climb on other textured surfaces. To test our question we observed cockroaches climbing six times a day for four days.


Hot lunch or Cold Lunch?

Albert B

This fall we observed Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed the cockroaches were eating a lot. These observations made us wonder if temperature affects the number of cockroaches eating. To test our question we observed cockroaches eating six times a day for four days.


How Low Can You Go?

Demitri E, Mario S

This fall we observed death’s head cockroaches. We noticed that the roaches burrowed a lot. These observations made us wonder how does the depth of the substrate affect the number of visible cockroaches. To test our question we set up three bins with a different amount of substrate in each bin. Then we observe the number of visible cockroaches 6 times a day for 4 days


Hunger Games

Ursula G

This fall we observed Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed that a lot of food was gone in the mornings. These observations made us wonder if the cockroaches ate more in the dark. To test our question we observed cockroaches eating in different light settings six times a day for four days.


Race to the Top!

Ryonna D

This fall we observed Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed many cockroaches climbing on the walls. These observations made us wonder how the gender affects the number of cockroaches observed climbing. To test our question we observed cockroaches climbing six times a day for four days.


The Heat Is On

Vera M

This fall we observed death’s head cockroaches. We noticed that when the cockroaches were in a room temperature environment, we didn’t see many cockroaches because they were burrowed. These observations made us wonder why they don’t come up that often. This inspired us to test the question, how does the temperature affect the number of visible cockroaches. To test this question we set up 3 bins of cockroaches and put each one in a room with a different temperature. We observed the number of visible cockroaches in each room 6 times a day for 4 days.


The Lure of the Cicada

Boone W, Kaden C, Iza W, Tano B, Branden P, Isabel N

Have you ever wondered what makes that loud buzz on a hot summer day? Let us lure you into learning more about the wonders of the cicada. Our project is a three-dimensional display highlighting what we learned about cicadas’ anatomy, life cycle, habitat, adaptations, food sources, and predators.


To Burrow Or Not To Burrow

Talula C

This fall we observed false death’s head cockroaches. We noticed on some days the cockroaches were more active in one substrate than the other. These observations made us wonder how the kind of substrate affects how many cockroaches are visible. To test our question we put 3 different substrates in 3 different bins. Then, we observed the number of visible cockroaches in each bin. We collected data 6 times a day for 4 days.


Watts Up?

Makayla P

This fall we observed Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. We noticed they climbed the walls a lot in the light. These observations made us wonder if different lighting can affect the amount of climbing cockroaches. To test our question we observed cockroaches climbing six times a day for four days.


When the Adults Are Away, Will the Nymphs Play?

Frances L, Michael D

This fall we observed false deaths head cockroaches. We noticed the nymph cockroaches the nymph cockroaches coming out from the substrate more then the adults. These observations made us wonder if the number of adults affects the number of visible nymphs. To test our question we put 10 nymphs in each bin. Next we added a different amounts of adults in each bin(2,4 and 6) We observed the nymph cockroaches 6 times a day for 4 days to see how many were visible.


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