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Hamsters and Time of Day

Hamsters and Time of Day | Science Fair Projects | STEM Projects
Have you ever wondered when hamsters are most alert? This project will help you find out! You will build a maze and time how long it takes a hamster to get through it at different times of day. After three days of testing, you will have your answer!


The hypothesis is that the hamster will be more alert at night.

Method & Materials

You will borrow a hamster, build a maze, and time how long it takes the hamster to get through the maze at 8:00 AM, 12:00 noon, 4:00 PM, and 8:00 PM for three days.
You will need a hamster, a stopwatch, and materials to build a maze.


After three days of testing, it was found that the hamster was most alert and able to negotiate the maze at 4:00 PM. The hamster was also asleep after his last round in the maze at 8:00 PM and had to be woken up at 8:00 in the morning.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it shows that hamsters are similar to humans in terms of alertness and sleep patterns.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include testing the hamster's alertness at different times of day, such as 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, or testing the hamster's alertness in different mazes.

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