For this years SIP, we have chosen to participate in creating an experiment based on hamster intelligence. By devising a unit in which the hamsters will solve, we can test their intelligence based on the time taken to finish the maze and or if it finishes the maze. There is significance to this project in a way that hamsters are very common pets in a household. By testing their agility and speed, we can test their intelligence by if they would be able to solve the maze faster trial after trial. This experiment can give an idea as to potential hamster owners as to which hamster you would prefer in getting, instead of owning a lazy unintelligent hamster that you leave in its cage its entire life. Furthermore, understanding common pets like hamsters mean that we also understand more about our environment and the world in general.
Hopefully, sometime in the future, we would be able to make use of hamsters, thus understanding it would be crucial. An idea would be if we could somehow extract energy from hamsters. For example: the hamsters would try to solve the maze, and we somehow have a device that would somehow transfer the kinetic energy from the hamsters’ movement and convert it into electricity. So the more we feed the hamster, the more they would solve the maze, the more electricity a household would get. This way, the hamster wouldn’t be overfed and get fat because they would have to work hard, be active and perspire before getting every meal. This would be a win-win situation for both sides. This is an example of what our SIP can hopefully lead to.
This is an effective way that would utilize all the resources in our environments without damaging or giving negative effects to the environment. Understanding hamsters is just one aspect of the giant chains of eco-systems we have. The more things we understand about it, the more we can put it to good use without harming them.
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