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Animal Adaptation: M&M' Survival Challenge

Animal Science

Grade:
1
Teacher:
Pamela Buchanan

Students will test how mimicry works by using M&M and Skittles candies as prey. They will hunt for the M&M animals but at the same time have to avoid the poisonous Skittle animals. Then answer the Question: Will the camouflaged M&M's have a better chance of survival?


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Why Are We So Hangry?

Human Health and Behavior

Grade:
3
Teacher:
Allison Estrada

Students were still hungry after eating morning snacks and wondered why. We researched the types of foods that would be best for our bodies and keep us from getting hungry.


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Poison in the Produce? Investigating the presence of microorganisms in produce water misters using a variety of media.

Microbiology
Robert Ortega-Barco Nadya Willhite Jafar Omar

Grade:
11
Teacher:
Jeremy Jonas

We tested 4 different sites that contained water misters. We used 5 different types of media with 10 plates of each type. We used a total of 50 plates with 2 replicates of each media type per site including a control. We wanted to see if there would be any growth from grocery store water misters and all of the sites had some sort of growth. The media we used was Charcoal Yeast Extract agar, PDA, MSA, LB agar, and Nutrient agar.


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hugs not drugs: investigating the effects of substance abuse/ use in Teens

Behavioral and Social Sciences
Cameron Foster Sofia Delgado Brian Francisco

Grade:
12
Teacher:
Jeremy Jonas

Substance usage has become more prevalent in recent years. This could be due to multiple factors: accessibility, personal issues, peer pressure, etc. This study discusses the academic and mental health effects of substance usage in young adults. It goes into detail on what is the most effective substance and why young adults choose to or not to use substances.


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The Effects Of ADHD Medication On Everyday Activities: A Personal Case Study

Plants and the Environment
Jack Coy

Grade:
4
Teacher:
Kimberly Mulligan

Millions of school-age children take medication for ADHD. Through a personal case study, I wanted to better understand the effects of my ADHD Medication on my focus and performance in reading, math, and sports. I completed the same activities at different times of the day over two days and documented my performance. I compared the results before taking my medication, one hour after taking my medication, and three hours after taking my medication.


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Desert Tortoise Tool

Animal Science
Diego "Seby" Moreno

Grade:
6
Teacher:
Rodney Bosire

I picked this project because I have always interested in reptiles. From a young age, I have spent as many hours as possible going outside looking for reptiles by lifting rocks and logs. I want to continue to see them in my backyard and protect their ability to live alongside humans like me who co-habitat their land. Last year I created a project about measuring the difference in temperature between a desert tortoise burrow in the wild versus burrows made by humans for adopted desert tortoises in captivity. This year, I am expanding on last year’s project by creating a tool that measures the sustainability of a desert tortoise habitat. This project is important to me because it will allow conservationists to understand the unique factors that makeup a desert tortoise habitat, especially in the Sonoran Desert region, where I live. I want to protect the desert tortoise habitat so that they can continue to flourish, but currently a tool does not exist that captures this information.


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