Mice in a Maze
Table of Contents
• Slide 2- Introduction
• Slide 3- Materials
• Slide 4- Methods (procedures)
• Slide 5-11 - Results
• Slide 12-13- Discussion
• Slide 8- Conclusion
• Slide 9- Refreneces/ bibliography
• Problem Statement: Do mice have a good
• Hypothesis: If we are to put our mouse in a maze
once a day for a period of five days then the
amount of time it takes for our mouse to
complete the maze will surely decrease over the
• We hope to prove our hypothesis correct.
• Everyday we conducted our experiment at
7:00pm so that it was exactly 24 hours that our
mouse did nor run through the maze.
• 1) Stopwatch
• 2) mouse
• 3) Cardboard box and cardboard pieces to
• 4) mice food
• 5) shelter for mouse
• 6) litter (all materials necessary to maintain
the mouse and keep it healthy and safe)
• 1. Set maze on flat surface
• 2. Place food at the end of the maze
• 3. Have stopwatch ready
• 4. Place mouse in maze and start stopwatch once
mouse is placed in maze
• 5. Close door behind mouse so it doesn’t escape.
• 6. Observe
• 7. stop stopwatch once our mouse completes the
• 8. put mouse back in cage.
• 9. Record data
• 10. repeat for 5 days
Trial 1 Trial 2 Trial 3 Trial 4 Trial5
1:18 1:13 00:50 00:26:02 00:20
In the experiment the mouse completed the
maze faster and faster each day for five days.
Starting at one minute and eighteen seconds for
day one and twenty seconds for day five.
• Our results were what we expected. We hypothesized that if
we were to put our mouse in a maze for five days, the time it
would take for the mouse to complete the maze would
decrease each day. It is believed and said that mice do have
good memory and our experiment proved this belief. We
made our maze out of cardboard and we researched that
mice like to chew on anything they can get a hold of
(especially cardboard,) however, during our experiment we
did not come across this problem. If we were to construct this
experiment again we would do some things differently. One of
the things we would do differently is we would make sure to
do each trial at the same time every day so that the mouse
has exactly 24 hours of rest between trials.
• I can conclude that this experiment was a success. As
we put our mouse in the maze everyday she gradually
completed the maze faster every time. For example, on
the first day it took her one minute and eighteen
seconds and on the second day it took her one minute
and thirteen seconds, than skipping to the fifth day it
only took her a total of twenty seconds. I can also
conclude that mice do have good memory according to
the results of this experiment. We would like to thank
both out our parents for taking us to buy supplies and
paying for them. I would also like to thank pet smart
for giving us helpful tips on making sure that we keep
our mouse safe and healthy.
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