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Comparing Rodent Learning

Comparing Rodent Learning | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Ever wondered if hamsters and mice can learn? Find out in this experiment! You'll compare the learning abilities of hamsters and mice by constructing a maze and timing how long it takes them to find the food at the end.


The hypothesis is that both hamsters and mice are able to learn and remember, but mice are able to learn more quickly than hamsters.

Method & Materials

You will construct a maze using cardboard boxes, glue, and masking tape. You will then place food in the finish zone of the maze and drop the hamsters and mice in the start zone. You will time how long it takes them to find the food and record the results.
You will need 3 hamsters, 3 white mice, a packet of sunflower seeds, a variety of cardboard boxes, scissors, masking tape, glue, a stopwatch, and a meter-long ruler.


The results of the experiment showed that both the hamsters and mice were able to improve their timings after every attempt, showing that they were learning and remembering the paths inside the maze. The mice were also able to complete the maze faster than the hamsters.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it shows how animals can learn and remember, just like humans. It also shows how different animals can learn at different speeds.

Also Consider

Experiment variations include using a different kind of feed like dried shrimp, increasing the length of time between the attempts, and using young mice/hamsters instead of fully grown creatures.

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