Normal body temperature is considered to be 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 37 degrees Celsius. Body temperature can vary 1/2 to 1 degree Fahrenheit above or below 98.6 F. and still be considered normal. Body temperature varies with many factors including level of activity.
- Take your own temperature in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. Did it change? Can you explain why?
- Exercise for 30 minutes. Take your temperature directly after you are finished, one half hour later and one hour later. Did it change? Can you explain why?
- 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
- 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.
- Heat and Cold Exposures
What extreme air temperatures can do to your body temperature.
- Body Temperature FAQ
- Fever Symptoms, Treatment and Measuring Body Temperatures
Related Science Fair Project Resources
- Parents, How to Help Your Teen With Their Science Fair Project
- The Five Types of Science Fair Projects
About These Science Fair Projects:The science projects located here on the Parenting of Teens site at About.com are ideas developed by its Guide, Denise D. Witmer.
Recommended Books for Science Fair Projects:365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials
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The Scientific American Book of Great Science Fair Projects
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Strategies for Winning Science Fair Projects
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Here you'll get the nitty-gritty on a wide variety of topics, from the fundamentals of the science fair process to the last-minute details of polishing your presentation."
The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science: 64 Daring Experiments for Young Scientists
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