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Ants in the Dark

Ants in the Dark | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Are ants nocturnal? Let's find out by conducting an experiment to observe the differences in how much work ants do in the light and in the dark.


The hypothesis is that ants will react differently in the dark than in the light.

Method & Materials

You will make two observatories, fill them with soil, and place 25 ants in each. One observatory will be kept in the dark for a specified amount of time, while the other will be kept in the light.
You will need two glass jars, soil, and 25 ants.


After the experiment, it was observed that the ants in the dark observatory had dug more tunnels and built more dirt mounds than the ants in the light observatory.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it allows us to observe the behavior of ants in different environments.

Also Consider

Variations to consider include testing the effects of different colors of light on the ants, or testing the effects of different temperatures on the ants.

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