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Abstract

This experiment was performed to find out if the gender of mice will affect their learning abilities and whether there is a co-relation between gender and left handedness or right handedness.

Hypothesis

Female mice will learn faster than the male mice. They also tend to be right handed (or  perhaps it may be more accurate to say "right-pawed"). The male mice tend to be left pawed.

Scientific Terms

Mammals, rodent, reproduction, genetics

Background

Mice

Mice are mammals and are part of the rodent family. They have very thin fur, long tails and surprisingly, poor eyesight. However, mice have a very acute sense of smell and hearing. They use these senses to find food and to avoid enemy predators.

Mice are seldom kept as pets in the home. Normally, they enter the home to scavenge for food. This is done without our knowledge. Mice carry and spread harmful diseases. This is why we should immediately dispose of food that has been nibbled on by mice.

Mice used to live on farms. They caused many problems because they fed on farm crops, damaging them. This is why farmers rear  - cats to keep the mice away. Snakes were used in large plantations as a biological means of controlling mice population. When forests and farms were cleared to make way for urbanization, mice adapted to living in city sewage systems and drains.

Mice also have a very high rate of reproduction and they have genetic similarities to human beings. This makes them ideal as a lab animal.
 

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Complexity level:
4
Project cost ($):
Time required:
It will take 2 days to prepare for this science fair project, and 2 days to observe the experiment
Material availability:
The mice can be purchased at a pet store. The other materials can be easily found at a bookstore or supermarket
Safety concerns:

You should wear a pair of gloves when handling the rodents. This is to prevent getting bitten by the mice.