Science Project Ideas

Remember that these project ideas and outlines are meant to help you complete your own science project. But it is DISHONEST and UNETHICAL to copy someone else's project work samples and submit them as if they were your own. That's called plagiarism and it's a fast way to get a failing grade. It's okay to do the same project as someone else, or review what others have done so you can make your project better, but DO NOT COPY and pretend it's your project. Someone is sure to spot the plagiarism!!  


  1. Is it possible to get ants intoxicated? How can you tell if they are?

  2. Does room temperature have any effect on ant populations?

  3. Do local ant species use acid to protect themselves when threatened?

  4. What are the effects of light and darkness on ants?

  5. How do ants react to a shortage of food?

  6. Given a choice of several types of food, which one do ants prefer?

  7. How much does an ant weigh and how much weight can an ant carry?

  8. Do ants have a sense of direction or a sense for finding food?

  9. Which insecticide works best against ants?

  10. Do insecticides always work against roaches or do they develop a tolerance?

  11. Can roaches learn to run a maze? If so, how long does it take?

  12. Which insecticides work best against  drosaphila?

  13. How can agricultural pests be controlled without the use of insecticides?

  14. What is the effect of insecticides on ladybugs?

  15. Compare organic pesticides to commercial pesticides.

  16. What natural insecticide is most effective against crickets?

  17. What factors affect the rate at which a cricket chirps? Moisture? Light? Temperature? Time of year? Presence of other crickets?

  18. Do sleeping pills or caffeine pills have any effect on cricket activity?

  19. Select an insect pest and study/describe its entire life cycle.

  20. Which type of food is preferred by fuit flies?

  21. Does alcohol, caffeine or other drugs affect a spider's ability to weave its web?

  22. What is it that attracts mosquitos to human beings? How do they find us?

  23. What makes a lightning bug glow? Can we reproduce the glow?

  24. What is the effect of strong magnetic or electric fields on insects?

  25. What is the effect of exposing moth pupa to radiation?

  26. Does temperature affect how well an insecticide will work?

  27. How do insects use camouflage to protect themselves?

  28. Is color a factor in attracting various types of insects?

  29. What is the role of oxygen's radical in the aging of fruit flies?

  30. Does air pollution affect insects?  If so, how?

  31. What is the effect of caffeine and/or tobacco on the growth of mealworms?


  32. What are the best conditions for hatching chicken or duck eggs?

  33. What effects will synthetic steriods have on the growth of chickens?

  34. Does playing music increase egg-laying in chickens? Ducks?

  35. Do different species of birds prefer different types of seeds?

  36. Are hummingbirds attracted by any certain color of feeder?

  37. Do different species of birds feed at different times of the day.

  38. What do sparrows eat during the winter to keep themselves alive?

  39. How do birds use camouflage to protect themselves?  


  40. How does temperature affect the growth of tadpoles?

  41. What effects will acidic water have on tadpoles or other amphibians?

  42. What effects will changing temperature have on a toad's respiration rate? (Alternatively, a goldfish may be used) 

  43. What is the best environment for a goldfish?

  44. What is the effects of phosphates on fish?

  45. What effects will adrenaline have on the blood circulation in a fish fin?

  46. Are tropical fish territorial?  Will they protect their area in the fish tank?

  47. What is the reaction of brine shrimp to changes in water salinity, pH, temperature changes or light variations?

  48. Do brine shrimp have a mechanism to maintain orientation and direction and would spinning affect that mechanism?

  49. What is the effect of electrical currents on the survival of brine shrimp?

  50. What is role of temperature and salinity in the purple sea urchin's choice of intertidal zone habitat?

  51. What effect does light have on crayfish?

  52. What changes occur in fish when their water is polluted with industrial waste?

  53. Can clams survive in solutions other than salt water?

  54. What are the effects of stimulants and depressants on pond water organisms?


  55. Does different types of music affect the ability of mice to run a maze?  

  56. Does genkgo biloba or gensing enhance the memory of mice to run a maze?

  57. Does diet affect the memory of mice to run a maze?

  58. What behavioral changes occur in mice when there is a food shortage?

  59. Which vitamin supplement is best for weight gain in mice?

  60. What is the effect of androstenedione on a rodent's weight?

  61. Will the use of lithium chloride affect a rodent's food preferences?

  62. How do mice keep themselves neat and clean?

  63. Can artificial lighting be used to alter an animal's sleeping habits?

  64. How effective are analgesics in reducing a lab animals pain?


  65. What effect does increased soil acidity have on earthworms?

  66. What is the effect of mucus on slug locomotion?

  67. Can the heartbeat of an earthworm be monitored?

  68. What is the effect of different levels of light on an earthworm?

  69. What is the effect of different temperatures on an earthworm?

  70. Are there any effects from feeding snails alcohol-saturated food?

  71. Does repeated exposure to saline solutions affect earthworm reproduction?

  72. How important are earthworms to soil formation and plant growth?

  73. How do pets respond to different types of food (pellets,  solids, textured)?

  74. What do we need to do to create a conditioned response in a pet?

  75. What products do beef cattle provide? Which body parts are not used?

  76. How does air pollution affect the growth of algae?

  77. Which grows faster -- human hair or animal fur?

  78. How many insects per day will a frog consume?

  79. Does a student's grade level affect his/her knowledge of endangered species?

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