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AP Biology Investigation #12: Fruit Fly Behavior


Innovating Science™

Students will study whether fruit flies will move toward or away from important chemicals and food that aid in their survival. Using the Innovating Science choice behavior chamber, behaviors of the fruit-flies are observed and any pattern can be identified. Students will formulate their own theories based on the fruit flies’ response to the chemicals and foods, and then determine what materials and experiments should be tested further.

Materials provided for eight lab groups.

Meets AP Science Practices 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, and Big Idea 4. 

Kit Includes:
30ml Ethyl Alcohol 30ml De-ionized Water
30ml Ammonia 5% 30ml Vinegar
8 Innovating Science® Behavior Choice Chambers
Fruit Fly Vials
Kit Contains coupon for perishable materials. Redeem by fax, phone or e-mail.
Materials sent upon redemption of coupon:
8 Fruit Fly Cultures

Materials needed but not Supplied:
Food items such as yeast, peanut butter, ketchup, jelly, salad dressing, apples, bananas and capers

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