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Jet Lag in Hamsters

Jet Lag in Hamsters | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Ever wondered how animals adjust to different time zones? This science project will explore the effects of jet lag on hamsters. You'll observe how they adjust to a new time schedule and measure the time they spend on their exercise wheel.


The hypothesis is that hamsters do suffer from jet lag and will take time to adjust.

Method & Materials

You will need to observe the hamsters for 24 hours, divide them into two groups, and measure the time they spend on their exercise wheel.
You will need two closed rooms, two hamster cages with exercise wheels, ten hamsters, two lights with automatic timers, two dimmed red lights, two stopwatches, and four assistants.


The results showed that the hamsters in the new time zone took time to adjust, but eventually recovered to their normal level of activity. The observation that stands out is that the hamsters in the new time zone spent less time on the exercise wheel from the third day onwards.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it explores how animals adjust to different time zones, and how their body clocks are affected.

Also Consider

Variations of this experiment could include using different types of animals, such as cats or dogs, or exploring different activities such as sleeping and feeding times.

Full project details

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