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Conclusion

Our hypothesis has been proven to be true.  The hamsters that were exposed to Mozart’s music  were able to complete  the maze more quickly.

Children who are exposed to music at an early age have been found to possess superior learning capabilities. Music stimulates the children’s minds and helps them learn more quickly. This is apparent, when youngsters find it easier to memorize song lyrics than school subjects such as history and geography. Music should there be included in our school's curriculum to improve our kid's learning abilities!

Also consider

This science fair project could perhaps be repeated with different kinds of music like pop, rock or heavy metal.  Or what about other classical composers like Bach, Chopin or Mendelssohn? Would their music be as stimulating as Mozart's?

How would our results differ, if the hamsters were substituted with white mice?

References

Mozart Effect - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozart_effect

Can music help enhance learning ability? - http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/58241/can_music_help_enhance_learning_ability.html?cat=33

The Mozart Effect - http://www.fortunecity.com/emachines/e11/86/mozart.html

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
30
Time required:
84 days to prepare, 10 days for the science project experiment
Material availability:
Hamsters are required for this experiment
Safety concerns:

Wear gloves when handling the hamsters to prevent injury.