Mrs. Bognuda’s Small Animal Care and Management recently completed a truly hands on project as part of their first semester final exam. The “Mouse Maze” project is a group project that truly tests their ability to work together, to problem solve and to meet a series of specific requirements.
The goal of the project is for each group to build a maze that will be tested by a mouse. Using tunnels, dead ends and food placement to encourage their mouse to finish the maze. The winning group was the group whose mouse finished but took the longest time to do it.
“In the end one of the most fun parts for me and my teammates was cheering on our mouse.” — Mia Griffin
The project sparks interest in animal behavior and research which will become a topic for second semester activities. When asked what her students will get out of this project Mrs. Bognuda said, “By creating their own projects and watching how successful or unsuccessful it was students can relate to using small animals for studies.”
Mia Griffin, a student who helped create a maze, said, “whenever we do a project it always sees like we learn a lot more than anyone expects.” She explained, “teamwork, brainstorming, problem solving and meeting deadlines were all things we had to do well in this activity. And these were all great things to learn. But in the end one of the most fun parts for me and my teammates was cheering on our mouse.”