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Live Demo: Rat Basketball

She shoots, she scores!

January–February 27

Barbara Thalhimer Theater
Included with Admission
All Ages
30 minutes
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Rat Basketball Is Back!

Come meet our players and learn all about operant and classical conditioning as you watch two rats play basketball – no, we aren’t kidding. Check our daily schedule for demonstrations occurring during your visit.

The Museum uses classical and operant conditioning to train the rat players.

  • Classical conditioning is teaching the rats to respond to the buzzer used in training. The buzzer sounds when the rat has done something correct.
  • Operant conditioning is rewarding the rats for taking the correct action – during the game they get a treat for each basket.

About Live Demonstrations

Demonstrations are explorations where participants watch and engage with a Museum educator who showcases amazing scientific experiments to guests.

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