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Smarter Than Your Average Slime: Maze-solving by an Amoeboid Organism

4 Items With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.
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In this Science Buddies science project, you'll establish a culture of Physarum polycephalum and determine if it can find the shortest distance between two food sources in a maze. You can customize this kit to include the Physarum culture kit, forceps, heat-resistant gloves, and other supplies needed to complete this experiment.

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Can a simple organism that lives off of dead trees and that grows as a mass of protoplasm actually have intelligence? The goal of this science fair project is to test the ability of the slime mold Physarum polycephalum to solve the problem of finding the shortest path through a maze.

View the full project, background information, procedures, and more at ScienceBuddies.com