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Abstracts from Renaissance Academy 2013

Renaissance Academy
2900 Pleasantwood Rd
Powhatan, VA 23139

Year: 2013
Teacher(s): Kristina McCullough

Going Nuts

Joelle J, Kerby J

This project determined if different species of birds prefer specific nuts. We constructed four bird feeders putting one type of nut in each. We recorded how many and which species came to each feeder. House Finches and Tufted Titmice prefer cashews and Black-Capped Chickadees prefer walnuts. Others had no clear preference.

That's Super Sweet!

Kaity M, Cassidy B

We wanted to know how much sugar bees like in their sugar water. We had three feeders with different amounts of sugar in them. The most bees came to the feeder with the most sugar in it, which had 4 cups of water and 1 ½ cups of sugar.

The Fred Project

Alec C, Isabella C

Eastern Box Turtles are common casualties of automobiles, and the current dogma is to not remove a turtle from its environment when found crossing the road. In this study, we demonstrate that these turtles (=83%) flourish in a new environment. Therefore, the current dogma is contradicted by our data.

What’s Your Preference, Sir?

Annika K, Sydney W

We asked, “Will Brubeck, a pet canary, change behaviors in different locations?” We observed and counted Brubeck’s hops, chirps, and pecks at his food indoors versus outdoors. The hypothesis proven was that Brubeck was more active outside than inside. Possible variables affecting results included weather and distractions such as bees.

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