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Ecology Fair University of Minnesota Monarch Lab

Abstracts from New City School 2014

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

Year: 2014
Teacher(s): Amber Reiners, Gia Gifford, Lauren Davidson, Melissa Johnson

Apples, Anyone?

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants were picky about what food they liked. This made us wonder how the ants' food choices affect how much they eat? To test our question we set up an ant farm and placed a piece of apple, a seed, and a piece of carrot inside, all one inch from each other. We observed how much the ants ate each one six times a day for four days.


Apples, Anyone?

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants were picky about what food they liked. This made us wonder how the ants' food choices affect how much they eat? To test our question we set up an ant farm and placed a piece of apple, a seed, and a piece of carrot inside, all one inch from each other. We observed how much the ants ate each one six times a day for four days.


Apples, Anyone?

Symphonie W

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants were picky about what food they liked. This made us wonder how the ants' food choices affect how much they eat? To test our question we set up an ant farm and placed a piece of apple, a seed, and a piece of carrot inside, all one inch from each other. We observed how much the ants ate each one six times a day for four days.


Bubbles?

Sage R

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that adding normal water to their environment kept them alive. This made us wonder how sparkling water would affect them? To test our question we built two ant farms. We put sparkling water in one farm and flat water in the other. Then we checked our ant farms six times a day for four days and recorded the lengths of the tunnels.


Cautious Critters Cower in Color

Isabel N

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they climb on crumbled paper. These observations made us wonder if they prefer climbing on a certain color of paper. To test our question we recorded the amount of Milkweed Bugs observed on each color of paper six times a day for four days.


Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery: A Love Story

Branden P, Boone W

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they are cannibalistic. We separated them and began observing their life cycles. We also created art forms by studying their body structures.


Dinner Theatre Murder Mystery: A Love Story

Dexter S, Isaiah B

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they are cannibalistic. We separated them and began observing their life cycles. We also created art forms by studying their body structures.


Do You Climb High or Do You Climb Low?

Siddiq M

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that they liked to climb a lot. This made us wonder if the environment size affected how much they climb. To test our question we put our ants in two different sized environments and counted how many were climbing in each six times a day for four days.


Do You Climb High or Do You Climb Low?

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that they liked to climb a lot. This made us wonder if the environment size affected how much they climb. To test our question we put our ants in two different sized environments and counted how many were climbing in each six times a day for four days.


Environmental Effects of Various Substrates on the Common Oncopeltus Fasciatus: A Study of Preference

Kaden C

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they had no substate in their bin. These observations made us wonder what type substrate they prefer. To test this question we observed them in various substrates six times a day for four days.


Environmental Effects of Various Subtrates on the Common Oncopeltus Fasciatus: A Study of Preference

Caitlin H

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they had no substate in their bin. These observations made us wonder what type substrate they prefer. To test this question we observed them in various substrates six times a day for four days.


fRuIT ManIa!

Lucas L

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that at one point they stopped tunneling and stopped eating the apple. This made us wonder if the food they ate affected how much they tunneled? To test our question we put kiwi in one ant farm and apple in the other. We checked both ant farms six times a day for four days and collected data on the length of the tunnels in each farm.


fRuIT ManIa!

Felix C

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that at one point they stopped tunneling and stopped eating the apple. This made us wonder if the food they ate affected how much they tunneled? To test our question we put kiwi in one ant farm and apple in the other. We checked both ant farms six times a day for four days and collected data on the length of the tunnels in each farm.


fRuIT ManIa!

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that at one point they stopped tunneling and stopped eating the apple. This made us wonder if the food they ate affected how much they tunneled? To test our question we put kiwi in one ant farm and apple in the other. We checked both ant farms six times a day for four days and collected data on the length of the tunnels in each farm.


Home Sweet Home

Iza W, Oscar C

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they always seemed to be on the crumpled paper and rarely on the walls of the bin. These observations made us wonder if they would prefer different colored walls to the clear walls of the bin. To test our question we observed Milkweed Bugs climbing on different colored walls six times a day for four days.


Hot vs. Cold

Frank H

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they climbed more in cool temperatures. These observations made us wonder how temperature affects the amount of Milkweed Bugs climbing. To test our question we observed Milkweed Bugs climbing in different temperatures six times a day for four days.


Hunger Games

Sumaya Y

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they eat sunflowers seeds. This observation made us wonder if they prefer sunflowers seeds or pumpkin seeds. To test our question we observed Milkweed Bugs in food dishes six times a day for four days.


I'm Not Lazy, I Just Eat a Lot!

Carlos C

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that the ants bury their food and seeds. This made us wonder if ants would prefer more pieces of food or less? To test this question we set up two ant farms. One farm had a normal amount of food and the other had twice as much. We checked them six times a day for four days and collected data on how active they were.


In the Dark... Don! Donnn! Donnnnn!

Adam S

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants tunneled more when we weren't at school. This made us wonder how the amount of light affects how much the ants tunnel? To test our question we built two ant farms. We covered one with black construction paper and left one uncovered. Then we checked our ant farms six times a day for four days and collected data on the length of the ant's tunnels.


Lights on, Lights off!

Delilah N

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that the ants tunnel more where we can't see them. This made us wonder if they preferred to tunnel in white sand or darker sand? To test our question we built one ant farm and used a divider to separate the white sand from the dark sand. Then we checked the ant farm six times day for four days to see which color sand they tunneled in more. We recorded the lengths of both tunnels.


Lights on, Lights off!

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that the ants tunnel more where we can't see them. This made us wonder if they preferred to tunnel in white sand or darker sand? To test our question we built one ant farm and used a divider to separate the white sand from the dark sand. Then we checked the ant farm six times day for four days to see which color sand they tunneled in more. We recorded the lengths of both tunnels.


Lights on, Lights off!

Michael D

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that the ants tunnel more where we can't see them. This made us wonder if they preferred to tunnel in white sand or darker sand? To test our question we built one ant farm and used a divider to separate the white sand from the dark sand. Then we checked the ant farm six times day for four days to see which color sand they tunneled in more. We recorded the lengths of both tunnels.


MilkDonald’s

Cohen R

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that some Milkweed Bugs were more active than others. These observations made us wonder if different food types played a role in how active they were. In order to test our question we observed Milkweed Bugs eating different types of food six times a day for four days.


Milkweed Motel

Tano B

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that there was no substrate in their bin like there would be in their natural habitat. These observations made us wonder which type of substrate Milkweed Bugs prefer. In order to test our question we observed them in three different substrates six times a day for four days.


Night at the Museum

Matisse P

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they moved more when the bin lids were on and the bins were darker. These observations made us wonder if the amount of light affected how active they were. To test our question we observed Milkweed Bugs in three different light environment six times a day for four days.


Soda Spa-Daow

Sharmarke A

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants tunneled a lot in the sand we added water to. This made us wonder how using different liquids would affect the length of the tunnels? To test our question we put drops of Coke Zero in one ant farm and used water in the other. Then we collected data on the length of the ant's tunnels six times a day for four days.


Soda Spa-Daow

Demitri E

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants tunneled a lot in the sand we added water to. This made us wonder how using different liquids would affect the length of the tunnels? To test our question we put drops of Coke Zero in one ant farm and used water in the other. Then we collected data on the length of the ant's tunnels six times a day for four days.


Soda Spa-Daow

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants tunneled a lot in the sand we added water to. This made us wonder how using different liquids would affect the length of the tunnels? To test our question we put drops of Coke Zero in one ant farm and used water in the other. Then we collected data on the length of the ant's tunnels six times a day for four days.


Surfin’ On Sound Waves

Ryonna D

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that when we had high level voices they stopped moving. When we whispered or had zero level voices they started moving again. These observations made us wonder if the level of sound affects how much they move. To test our question we observed Milkweed Bugs in three different sound environments six times a day for four days.


The Antsgiving Feast

Valeria B, Vera M

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants not tunneling that much. This made us wonder if we give them more food, will they tunnel more? To test our question we built two ant farms. One farm got 3 times as much food as the other. We checked the ant farms six times a day for four days and collected data on the lengths of their tunnels.


To be healthy, or not to be? That is the question!

Navaya B

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that ants eat different foods at different rates. This made us wonder what foods they wan to eat more? To test our question we built two ant farms with sand. We put equal amounts of food in both farms, but apple in one and Frito-Lay chips in the other. Then we checked both ant farms six times a day for four days and recorded our observations of which was eaten more.


To be healthy, or not to be? That is the question!

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that ants eat different foods at different rates. This made us wonder what foods they wan to eat more? To test our question we built two ant farms with sand. We put equal amounts of food in both farms, but apple in one and Frito-Lay chips in the other. Then we checked both ant farms six times a day for four days and recorded our observations of which was eaten more.


To be healthy, or not to be? That is the question!

Owen S

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed that ants eat different foods at different rates. This made us wonder what foods they wan to eat more? To test our question we built two ant farms with sand. We put equal amounts of food in both farms, but apple in one and Frito-Lay chips in the other. Then we checked both ant farms six times a day for four days and recorded our observations of which was eaten more.


Waterworld

Khuluud H

This fall we observed Milkweed Bugs. We noticed that they climbed on to the paper and walls of their bins often. These observations made us wonder how the moisture in a substrate would affect the amount of Milkweed Bugs observed in that substrate since the walls and paper were dry. To test our question we observed Milkweed Bugs in three different substrates six times a day for four days.


You Dirty Ants!

Fiona B, Mia M

This fall we observed western harvester ants. We noticed the ants did not tunnel very much in the sand. This made us wonder if they would prefer to tunnel in sand or soil? To test our question we set up two ant farms. One was filled with sand and the other with dirt. We checked our ant farms six times a day for four days and recorded how much they tunneled based on the lengths of the tunnels.


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