Information For a Body Temperature Fair Project

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Normal body temperature is considered to be 98.6 F or 37 C. Body temperature can vary 1/2 to 1 F above or below 98.6 F and still be considered normal. Body temperature varies with many factors including level of activity.

Project Ideas

  1. Take your own temperature in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. Did it change? Can you explain why?
  2. Exercise for 30 minutes. Take your temperature directly after you are finished, a half hour later, and one hour later. Did it change? Can you explain why?
  3. What happens when your body temperature goes too high? What happens when your body temperature goes too low?

Link Resources to Complete the Science Fair Project

  1. Body Temperature Measurement
    The normal temperature varies by person, age, time of day, and where on the body the temperature was taken.More of the basics here.
  2. Heat and Cold Exposures
    What extreme air temperatures can do to your body temperature.
  3. Body Temperature FAQ
  4. Hypothermia
  5. Fever Symptoms, Treatment, and Measuring Body Temperatures

About These Science Fair Projects

The science projects located on the Parenting of Teens are ideas developed by its Guide, Denise D. Witmer. Some are projects completed during her years of working with high school students, researched projects and others are original ideas. Please use these science fair ideas as a guide to help your teen complete a science project to the best of their ability. In your role as a facilitator, you should feel free to share this project with them, but not to do the project for them. Please do not copy these project ideas to your website or blog; post the link if you wish to share it.

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