Science Fair

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  1. RumorHasIt

    RumorHasIt Full Member

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    :help!: okay, so I have to do a science fair project and REALLYYYY want to do something related to horses. I have some ideas but have no idea how to go around "conducting" the experiment. It would be super cool if I could do something related to jumping but i dont think thats gonna happen :rolleyez:
     






  2. sirius-dressage

    sirius-dressage Senior Member+

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    Mmm...I would try and look for something that isn't related to horses, honestly. Jumping isn't exactly something I would consider worth-while if I was to grade high school science fair projects. Try to choose something based on one of the natural sciences: chemistry, biology, physics (or physical science), or geology so you can really get out of this project what you are supposed to...which is a better understaning of scientific concepts, how to conduct an experiemental test, analyze data, as well as learning something about the natural world. You could do something with horses...so long as it was related somehow to their biological functions, behavior, etc. and something that was testable.

    There are lots of great books out there that can help you with ideas. I did a project in grade school on goldfish and the effects of black light...I'm not sure what I was testing, can't remember my results, and don't recommend working with live animals. My fish kept dying, some grew a really wierd fungus, I didn't get any results really I don't think.

    Plants are nice to work with, I think.
     
  3. RumorHasIt

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    Thanks for the advice :) Im not in high school though, I am in 7th :]
     
  4. SouthernJumper

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    You aren't allowed to use animals for a science fair unless a vet signs off on it.

    Good luck with whatever you decide! My mom is a science teacher; I'll see if she knows of something cool.
     
  5. Horsed

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    I have to use animals or plants. I do agriscience projects for FFA. I have used horses my last two years. When I was in elementary school and doing regular science fair I used my dog. Maybe some requirements are different, but I have always been either allowed or supposed to use animals.
     
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    Ah, I suppose FFA would be different from the typical science fair. Our state co-op won't allow vertebrae animals without a vet signature and supervision. The ISEF (some international science thing) just "frowns upon it". I suppose that's to stop the crazies from depriving them of water or something.
     
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    I asked my teacher in class and we are allowed to use animals :] thanks for the input everyone!
     
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    Very good point.


    Anyway, to the OP, I will try to think of some horse related projects and post them here. I remember I always have so much trouble thinking of one that I can use horses with. ;)
     
  9. i luv my spirit

    i luv my spirit Senior Member

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    idk if this would work, but maybe you could do something about the angles of a horse jumping, maybe that is physics of something!
     
  10. sirius-dressage

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    That would be SO hard to manipulate...you'd have to do something on how the angle affects performance, you'd need either high speed photography or a very good video set up.

    Maybe rules have changed since I did science fair, I didn't realise there were restrictions on the use of live animals now. I think it's a good idea...looking back on my experiement now I'm not sure it was the greatest thing for the fish. Not sure I harmed them, but, still, I was 12 or 13 or something like that.
     






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