Division: M (6-8)
School: Carwise Middle Team Size: 4

Robo-Hamster Cottage


TEAM NAME
: Mecha hamsters
SCHOOL NAME: Joseph L. Carwise Middle



The objective of this STEM project is to design and build a comfortable living space for some sort of critter.

Critter chosen: Roborovskiy hamster

Roborovskiy hamsters info

size: about 2 inches long
color: sand colored with white markings above their eyes
habitat: desert regions
originated from: central Asia
preferred humidity: 40%60%
preferred temperature: 75°-85°F
diet: grains, vegetables, fruit, plants, and insects (in small quantities)
breathing rate: 34-114 bpm
pulse: 250-500 bpm
weight: 0.71 – 0.88 oz.

Features:

  • Clover room: hamsters can enjoy fresh food straight from their garden
  • Sand room: As a hamster’s natural habitat is the desert, they will enjoy a room where they can burrow and clean themselves in the sand
  • Additional space: hamsters are very active they will enjoy an extra room where they can climb and run around
  • Feeding room: sometimes feeding hamsters can be messy, so we provided a room where there is a tube where the food can drop directly into the bowl.

Materials Used

  • Sand
  • blue hamster tube
  • yellow hamster tube (3)
  • Greek Gods Yourt container
  • Snapple tea container
  • Acai drink container
  • hot glue
  • pipe cleaners (10)
  • hamster bottle
  • orange folder
  • small brown hamster wheel
  • pineapple chalk
  • assorted hamster food
  • soil
  • clover seeds
  • tape
  • hamster plate
  • brown plastic container bottom
  • metal wire top of cage
  • assorted bottle caps (5)
  • non-toxic foam spray
  • cardboard
  • sparkling ice water bottle
  • black costruction paper
  • 2 bottles (about 20 oz)
  • newspapers
  • duct tape

Recycled Parts

  • blue hamster tube
  • yellow hamster tube (3)
  • Greek Gods Yougrt container
  • Snapple tea container
  • Acai drink container
  • hamster bottle
  • orange folder
  • small brown hamster wheel
  • pineapple chalk
  • soil
  • brown plastic container bottom
  • assorted bottle caps (5)
  • cardboard
  • sparkling ice water bottle
  • 2 bottles (about 20 oz)
  • newspapers

Bought Parts

  • clover seeds
  • non-toxic foam spray

Building Process

  • 1st step taken: connect brown plastic container bottom to metal wire top of cage
  • 2nd step taken: put blue tube into opening in metal wire top of cage
  • 3rd step taken: secure blue tube with pipe cleaners
  • 4th step taken: cover up the remaining opening in cage with pipe cleaners and piece of orange folder
  • 5th step taken: cut up folder and put the strips of folder around the cage for darkness in the cage
  • 6th step taken: connect yellow tubes to the blue tube
  • 7th step taken: cut top of acai bottle
  • 8th step taken: cut a rectangular hole in acai and Snapple bottle
  • 9th step taken: cut of top of acai bottle
  • 10th step taken: filter the sand with the siff and use it as bedding
  • 11th step taken: hot glue acai bottle and snapple bottle together
  • 12th step taken: make sure the bottle structure is stable by hot gluing bottle caps and top of acai bottle on the bottom of the snapple bottle
  • 13th step taken: cut bottom part of greek gods yogurt container
  • 14th step taken: put pineapple chalk into bottle cage
  • 15th step taken: put hamster wheel, bottle and food holder into brown bottom cage
  • 16th step taken: grow clover plant
  • 17th step taken: put clover plant into bottle cage
  • 18th step taken: make crawl space for hamster
  • 19th step taken : make feeding room
  • 20th step taken: connect all parts together
  • 21 step taken: put construction paper on the inside of the enclosure
  • 22th step taken: fix major issues

Critter Test


During a 9-hour night period, the cottage preformed very well in sustaining the critter. The hamster seemed to enjoy the sand pit, as well as the extra room. Despite being product-fed their whole life, they devoured the clovers set for them. They showed some interest towards the apple and carrot put in the drop pit, but ultimately showed a greater liking to the clover.

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Challenges encountered during building:

  • While building we discovered that there were a lot of sharp shells in the sand from clearwater, so we filtered through the sand to make it purer
  • another challenge we encountered was in growing the plant because it died couple of times, so we had to start over with growing the plant.
  • A final challenge we encountered was that the hamster was able to escape through a hole in the cage which we had to patch up.

intended for indoor use

Team members

Name: Rita B
Grade: 7th

Name: Matias G
Grade: 7th

Name: Mya F
Grade: 6th

Name: Chloe T
Grade: 6th


Resources

https://hamsterhideout.com
https://feedingnature.com
https://hamstercare.com
https://www.hamster.com
https://www.petco.com
https://animals.mom.com
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One thought on “Robo-Hamster Cottage

  • April 27, 2022 at 11:19 am
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    This is very detailed! The use of the ring camera is a great idea! Very well done!

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