Have a Cricket Tell You the Temperature

Before You Start

 

ACTIVE TIME:
< 10 minutes

TOTAL PROJECT TIME:
< 10 minutes

KEY CONCEPTS:
temperature, mathematics, energy, chemical reactions, crickets, sound

Introduction

 

Do you love to hear the pulsing chirp of crickets as you fall asleep? It is an unmistakable sound. Some people find the sound pleasing and peaceful, but other people find the sound loud and annoying, especially if a cricket happens to get inside a home to escape the cold. However you feel about crickets, their chirps hold a surprising message — they can be used to predict the temperature! In this science activity, you will investigate how the chirps of these tiny creatures can be used to as a kind of thermometer!

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Credits

 

Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies

 

This activity is not appropriate for use as a science fair project. Good science fair projects have a stronger focus on controlling variables, taking accurate measurements, and analyzing data. To find a science fair project that is just right for you, browse our library of over 1,150 Science Fair Project Ideas or use the Topic Selection Wizard to get a personalized project recommendation.

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