Science Fair Project Ideas: Mice & Music

Science Fair Project Ideas

Most kids have to participate in the school's Science Fair, but it can be really hard to come up with a good project idea that is original, not too hard, and interesting. Many kids do the typical erupting volcano, but you may be interesting in something a little more complicated than baking soda and vinegar.

In high school, I knew that I wanted to use mice for my science fair project. I knew that it was the only way that I was going to be allowed to have mice as pets. So I hunted and searched and decided that I wanted to test the effects of caffeine on mice. My project didn't go so well; I lost (and later found) 2 of my 3 mice, which really messed up my results. Also, I didn't wait long enough to let the caffeine to get into their systems before running them through the maze. Either way, I got a good grade, but that's not the point.

The point is that you want to find a good science fair project that you will be successful at.

If you want to test mice through a maze, consider music- The Affects of Music on Mice. It's actually a great experiment that has been tested over and over again in labs. Scientist want to see the effects of different music genres on mice so that they can correlate the findings towards children.

REMEMBER that if you decide to you live animals in your science fair project that no harm is imposed on the animals!


  • Mice (depending on the number of music genres you want to test, that's how many mice you should get plus one)
  • Music (1 CD per genre)
  • Rodent Maze
  • Notebook (to record findings)
  • Stopwatch


This science fair project is a little different. First you want to decide what music genres you want to test. The more logical genres include country music, rap, classic rock, heavy metal, and classical music, but you can, also, test folk music, R&B, and soul music.

You're going to want to make sure that you have time for this project, as it will take over one hour per mouse. You may want to test one mouse a day, but depending on your time frame, I'd suggest multiple mice a day, at least 2 or 3.

Tip 1 : Make sure that you have one full CD per music genre.

Tip 2: Always remember to keep one music genre per one mouse. You don't want to mix it up and play country for Mouse #1 on day 3, rap on day 5, and rock on day 10. It will mess up your findings. So stick with one mouse per music genre.

You're going to test one mouse at a time. Take mouse #1 into a separate room from the other mice. Play the CD for at least one hour (this is why you want to have a full CD).

Note: Playing the radio will not work because there are commercials and interruptions between songs. You want a full, straight through hour of music.

Once the hour is up, take the mouse to the rodent maze, and start him at the beginning.

As soon as you release him, start the stopwatch. When the mouse has made it to the other end of the maze (you may want to have a few treats to reward him that he's reached the end), stop the stop watch and record the times.

You'll want to do this with each mouse. Remember to keep one mouse as your constant mouse; this mouse won't get to listen to any music before he runs the maze.

Your Findings

You want to make sure to make careful notes about each mouse. Keeping track of which mouse is listening to which music genre.

Note what CD the mouse is listening to. If it's compilation CD, what songs and artists are on the CD.

Compare the times between each genre. Which mouse is the fastest or slowest at the maze? Is there a correlation with the music?

You will want to remember that rodents, especially mice and rats, are quick learners, so you may want to change up the maze if need be.

The Effect of Rock and Roll on Mice

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Pooker 4 years ago

How do I make the hypothesis, materials, procedure, results,source, further work, display and conclusion out of this experiment? I need to do this for a science fair.. also what other questions can I ask and answer to be more orignal?

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gabby vazquez 4 years ago

im doing this or my science fair but i need to add the problem, background info, hypothesis, materials, procedure, data/results/observations, and a conclusion. how can i add all that in this kind of project.?

Allieee 5 years ago

what do u suggest to make a maze out of

logan 5 years ago

this was really helpful and i would just like to say thank you because everything els i looked at was a bunch of crap

Desperate girl 5 years ago

Plz help me convince my mom to let me have some mice.She said she would buy like 5 mice for me but after I would have to throw them on the streets. Plz help I have to turn the project approval form 2morrow all help is appreciated!

kaith 5 years ago

what is the prupose of this project? Because i'm doing this for science expo.Thanks!

Alex! 5 years ago

Omg this saved me! Except Im gonna also show affection to some mice in the same genre, and none to others and see if that changes anything! My science (Pre AP Bio in high school) said to make it more complex, so this is how I am going to do it. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

C>L>H. 5 years ago

Will this project work if you only have 4 mice? Or play it during the maze?, instead of putting them in a diff room and and then playing it.

kara 5 years ago

what is the level of music you used as treatment?

ajxnx 6 years ago

this is a awesome project i love screamo so i am gonna use that for my choice of music

abby 6 years ago

how did u convince ur mom and dad to let u do it??

Shananay 6 years ago

Thx I'm am sooooooo using this for my sf project coming up d;

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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

It won't be the same with guinea pigs.

hana (: 6 years ago

Thanks for the idea! Sounds cool! (: Can you use guiena pigs instead of mice?

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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

You would need enough mice to fully test your theory. It's really not a complicated project at all. How simple are you looking for?

Mice lover 6 years ago

Nice idea but is there a way to use fewer mice or a simpler project? Its kinda complicated

Elizabeth 6 years ago

Thanks i decided to do the music it is going to be hard but i can do it

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Whitney05 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Depending on how much you're willing to put into the project, it will depend on what your project will be.

elizabeth 6 years ago

please help in in 5th grade and i have a science fair soon.i don't know what to bo with mice that will get me a good grade i love the idia of the mice and music dut if there is any other project that mite be a little easyer. i will love to know please help!!!!!

Lexi Bomb 6 years ago

Thanks Whitney I'm almost finished writing my report the experiment was pretty interesting! And to those of you who don't know what to do I suggest this. It makes science FUN!!!

Lexi 7 years ago

Thanks Whitney,im gonna go buy the little varmin today! HaHa

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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Lexi, whatever music you want.

cdubbs, you need at least one mouse per genre. You can't use the same mouse for each genre.

cdubbs 7 years ago

thanks for the advise but can i just use one mouse for the experiment instead of four or five?

Lexi*Bomb 7 years ago

What types of music should i do?

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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

constant. You can use multiple mice per genre, but keep those mice with the same genre throughout.

Lexi*Bomb 7 years ago

why is it better to just use one mouse per genre?

Arielleee 7 years ago

I'm sooo gunna do this. THIS IS AWESOME. :]

dudette 7 years ago

sweet I think I'll do this for my SF that's coming up in about a month..... but I have hamsters, so I'll use them instead of mice.

ember_wuz_here 7 years ago

thx sooo much! i wanted to do an experiment with mice that i would enjoy, and this is perfect!

MarBear 7 years ago

it took some talkin-to for my parents to finally say yes :) so excited to be using this one :) woot woot!!

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Whitney05 7 years ago from Georgia Author

Mice and hamsters are completely different species. The only thing you could do is to compare the two species. You won't get a steady reading from testing both except in comparison.

I'm not sure why they had to be pregnant. If you are testing pregnancy you will need a non-pregnant mouse and a non-pregnant hamster to compare the results with the pregnant animals. Comparing the results from the pregnant mouse to the non-pregnant mouse, pregnant hamster to the non-pregnant hamster.

You won't really be able to compare the two pregnant animals together, averaging their results because they are completely different species.

Stick with the same species. It will make things much more complicated to mix species.

ACE 7 years ago

I was wonering if I could use mice and hamsters cause they are like the same species and use one pregnant hamster and one pregnant mouse. Like time them with different music and do exactly what you did.

group genious  7 years ago

thanks a lot our teacher for science will love this

kiara F 7 years ago

OMG thank youh so much all i need to do is wait for aproval from my science teacher

wanna win09 7 years ago

thanks for the help and i hope i win with this idea

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Uriel 7 years ago from Lebanon

Nice..thanks for the advice... i remember in the beginning of the year when a science team wanted to discet a couple of hamsters. The funny thing is they used Chloroform, and left them in a box for the next day.The hamsters ran out of the box and ran lose in the schoool.... one was pregnant..I don't know if they caught it...if no little hamsters will be running all around the schoool cool lol...thanks again for the tips...ill take them in consideration the next time i have a SF... :D

Zowiieee 7 years ago

omg thank you so much.

i have to do a science project, and i really wanted to use mice, cuz i have wanted a pet mouse for ages.

this is perfect.


Emmuh Bee. 7 years ago


I have a SF coming up and I think i'll use this!


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midnightbliss 8 years ago from Hermosa Beach

interesting hub.

denion with noses 8 years ago

i had a successful project and it was funny

Allieee 8 years ago

this looks helpful thx

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