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Worm Behavior

Eric did another experiment for the Environmental Science Merit Badge that he is working on. He needed to put 10 worms in a box that was half in the shade and half in light. The worms were placed in the center and he watched them for five minutes. Would the worms go to the light or move to the dark side – the one in the shadow of the Sportfishing book. After watching them for several minutes Eric noted that the worms moved towards the darkness.

The worms will make it into the back yard to live out their lives as opposed to hitching a ride to a lake in the area with a neighbor, his son and a pair of fishing poles. The neighbor left before the worms made it very far from the center. I guess this is a case of where they were saved by their slow movement. I reminded Eric that I expected him to move faster than worms when it came to cleaning his room and emptying the trash. Needless to say, he is not hooked on the idea of doing those chores very fast. Now for a look at the boy who actually stopped playing the X-box and was fascinated by the way worms moved.

Worm Behavior


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