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A 5th grade science fair experiment: What Toys do Otters Like Most?

This one's a state winner!

 

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by Lani Yamafuji in 5th grade, winner
A 5th grade science fair experiment: Which toys do otters like best?

My daughter and I recently went to the zoo, and boy was it hot! Slather on that sunscreen!

My favorite animals were the meerkats because they are so active, even in the hottest weather, and you can’t wait to see what they’re going to do next. It was also fun watching the elephants squirt each other with water to cool off.

The zoo is a natural place for curiosity. And curiosity is the cornerstone of science. Read “5 Reasons to go the the Zoo this weekend” over at Becky and James, then head on over to your local zoo.

If you have zoo connections, and even if you don’t, the zoo is a great place for a science fair project. Here is a winning project that I judged at the state level.

Science at the zooA Winning 5th grade Science Fair Experiment

Question: Which enrichment toy do otters play with the most?

Procedure: Talk to a zookeeper about making toys for one of their animals. Make 3 otter toys (empty oatmeal containers with different things inside that made a variety of sounds when played with). Record how long the otters play with each toy over a three day period.

Judge’s comments: This was a great project because I could really tell that this student went out of his way to do a unique and interesting project. This is the kind of experiment that you really don’t know what the outcome is going to be. He learned a lot about otters in the process, too.  

Science Fair Tips - Otters

Every year many kids want to do a science fair project using their favorite pet. This usually isn’t a good idea because there is only one pet and the owner already knows the animal’s preferences.

Science experiments should be tested with multiple subjects to make sure the outcome is the same each time.

Another thing to keep in mind; You need special permission to do a science fair project on an animal. So, please ask your teacher before you start a project like this, just to make sure. 

Now, what’s your favorite zoo animal, an otter or a meerkat or something else?

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