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The Influence of Asphalt on Surrounding Short-Grass Surface Temperature

Student(s):Olivia Sendelbach
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Educator(s):Steven Frantz
Report Type(s):
Protocols:Soil Temperature
Date Submitted:05/03/2013
When my science teacher told our class that we have to come up with a science fair project I got to thinking. But I didn't know what to do! So I thought and thought. Then it hit me! I'm going to do something involved with worms. I decided to talk to my Globe teacher first. He asked me what I was going to do with the worms. I looked straight at him and said I really don't know. Then he told me to find a project I would enjoy and want to do. So I thought again and again. The next day I still didn't have a project idea. Later that day I was sitting in the parking lot waiting for my mom's meeting to be over. Then I got hot and bored so I went to sit in the grass thinking of a project. It was so much cooler in the grass anyway. That night I knew exactly what I was going to do! I told my Globe teacher about what happened and how I realized the grass was cooler than the asphalt. We talked it over and came up with a project I really enjoyed. This is how I came up with my science fair project. Studying the Influence Asphalt has on Surrounding Short–Grass Surface Temperature.


I assume that you did your project during the day. What do you think would happen if you did the same type of experiment at night?