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Do Cockroaches Have a Sense of Direction?

Do Cockroaches Have a Sense of Direction? | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered if cockroaches can learn? Let's find out by setting up a maze and seeing if they can find their way out! We'll provide a positive stimulus and observe the cockroaches to see if they can learn.


The hypothesis is that cockroaches can learn and have a sense of direction.

Method & Materials

You will construct a Y-maze and an E-maze, provide a positive stimulus, and observe the cockroaches to see if they can learn.
You will need a Y-maze, an E-maze, a clear Plexiglas maze cover, a roach hut, an opaque cardboard cover, disposable latex gloves, a giant cockroach, a small plastic container with a lid, and student information sheets.


After constructing the mazes and providing a positive stimulus, the cockroaches were observed to see if they could learn. It was found that the cockroaches were able to learn and had a sense of direction.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting and unique because it provides students with the opportunity to observe and work with an insect they normally find offensive.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include providing different stimuli and using different types of mazes.

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