Spiders. They are creepy, crawly animals that scare some people to death, but do they deserve this dire reputation? Most spiders are relatively harmless to humans, and in fact, they provide people with a valuable service, they eat insects. If you are interested in learning more about the spiders that live in your area then try these two spiders themed science fair projects.
Spider Hunt Science Fair Project
The spider hunt science fair project is designed to give you a better understanding of just how many spiders live in your backyard or neighborhood. This project can be completed in an afternoon, but if you want to expand your research it can be extended out for several weeks or even months.
HYPOTHESIS: There are 10 insects per 1 spider within a given habitat.
EXPERIMENT: To test this hypothesis you will need to first designate your test region. The test region will need to be described. For example, if you use your backyard you can describe the test region by saying that you used your backyard which is approximated 1000 square feet and that it has a level terrain with grassy areas and a shed.
Next you will need to start counting and identifying the insects and spiders in that area. You will need to make journal entries that detail when you conducted your count, the weather conditions, where you looked and how many insects and how many spiders you came across.
Spider Web Science Fair Project
The spider web science fair project is another spider themed project that you can complete. For this project you will be looking at the characteristics of various spider webs that are found in your backyard, your basement, your schoolyard or in some other local area.
HYPOTHESIS: No two spiders weave the same pattern.
EXPERIMENT: To test this hypothesis you will need to take pictures of spiders webs in the wild. You will then compare the webs to see if patterns are the same or different from one sample to the next.
DATA ANALYSIS: To analyze your data you will need to look carefully at the web designs and not similarities and differences. You can classify the webs according to their size, their shape or their weave style. You will be able to draw a conclusion quickly after reviewing your photographs. The more data that you collect the more conclusive your project will be. However, if you find two webs with the same weave pattern you can conclude that your null hypothesis is correct, which means your original hypothesis is incorrect.