Okay, so! I'm in 10th grade. I go to Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School in Alabama. Lots of people don't know what an IB school is but its pretty much AP classes on steroids haha. Its really difficult and we learn a lot and so on.
Anyway, every year we have to do a science fair project. Not like a little baking soda volcano or anything, but for real research and/or experiments that will potentially benefit society. Obviously, few ever get to that level, but some are of importance. I would like to do a project this year that is of importance to the herpetology world. I wanted to last year, and was going to (some of you may remember me having a thread on it.. hognose venom and its toxicity) but it didn't work out because the boy who was my partner decided he wanted to do it by himself. His research was really quite interesting though. He surveyed quite a few western hognose breeders (his dad, my history teacher, is one) and asked about being bitten and what their reactions were and such. He found that if a person has allergies to wasps or bees, they will more likely have a bad reaction to a hoggie bite. I'm not sure of the exact numbers and research, but I could get it if anyone is interested.
But yeah, that's an example of what I'd like to do. Something significant. It has to be good, anyway, for my chemistry teacher to approve it. They're really big about good projects at IB. The kids at my school are the kids who never had to study in elementary or middle school, and always made straight A's. Now, we're having to struggle to maintain anything above D's, and we're utterly proud of our B's.
I was researching venom and I learned a lot, but I also learned I can't really do much in that area that isn't being done. Or at least I couldn't think of anything. It doesn't have to pertain to venom especially, but that's definitely and interesting subject.
The reason I would like to do my project on reptiles is that I am planning on doing this for the rest of my life. I want to go to college for biology, getting a PhD. I want to do herpetological research all the time. That'd be great. It's definitely my dream. I would love to be a herp vet, as my full time job, researching on the side. The idea of a reptile rescue facility sounds good too. But the point is, I want to get started. I research all the time, just learning things that is already known. But I want to add to this information somehow, or realize something in it that hasn't been realized before. I don't know how to explain it really, what I want to do. I mean, I don't know what I want to do for the project at all except that I want it to include reptiles. Heck, it could be trying to figure out ways to better get ride of mites and such. I don't mind. It could even be inverts... They're neat little critters too :]
I've hit a road block here, and I can think of absolutely nothing.
Any ideas or help or simply getting a direction established would be amazing. Herpcenter is, of course, the place I come to when I have any reptile questions. So, once again, I am coming here for science fair help.