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Motor Learning

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    University of Washington

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Motor Learning

In this activity (26th on the page), learners construct an easy-to-build device and test motor learning. Learners can build the mazes or use pre-built mazes to measure the time it takes to loop the wire through one side of the maze to the other. Learners will also count the number of errors (buzzes) during each trial. Then, learners will plot the amount of time and number of errors vs. trial number on a graph.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 9 Volt battery
  • Buzzer or small DC powered light
  • Hanger (for the maze and the loop)
  • Wire (to create an electrical circuit)
  • wood holder (or other material to hold the maze)
  • Stopwatch
  • Paper and pencil


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Rate
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Electronics
  • Games
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2010