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Research Project - Research Design Draft Part #2

Submitted by sbrownstein on Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:15

There is a common chamber in which all six projects use to observe their spider. This keeps each experiment controlled and avoids any external factors that may skew the results. The chamber consists of a medium, square, Ziploc Tupperware. The Tupperware is placed upside down in order to ensure easy observation. A needle is heated with a flame in order to poke ten holes into the top of the container to allow air flow for the spiders. An additional larger hole was made in the middle of the container to allow the LED light to be placed in the chamber. This hole was made by repeatedly heating a needle and melting the plastic container to create a large enough space for the LED bulb to fit through. The LED light was held in place with masking tape. The light complex requires a small LED light, two jumpers, a resistor, and a 9V battery. Each spider chamber had its own light complex, placed to the side of the chamber in order not interfere with the LED light on the top of the complex. The LED light contains two needles that are inserted into one end of both jumpers. The other end of the jumpers obtain needles that resistors are wrapped around. The ends of the jumpers that are not attached to the LED light are then tapped to opposite ends of the 9V battery. This should illuminate the LED light. The LED light is inserted into whichever hole is designated to it in the chamber (this may be different depending on which project is being performed). Add two, three-inch sticks to each environment. One should be placed directly under the light, the other at one edge of the plastic container. Lastly, a cardboard box should be placed over each environment once they are completed. This stops any ambient light from entering the plastic container.