Human Sized Hamster Wheel
Victoria Gore, Shirin Hussain, and Julieanne Whitehurst
SU Advisor: Steve Alexander
A human sized hamster wheel is exactly what it sounds like, a giant cylinder designed for the average human to run or walk in. The main purpose of this giant wheel is to encourage the physical activity of students at times when they would be stressed from studying and working. Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods wreak havoc on the human body to the point where sitting for too long is actually more detrimental to a person than smoking. The hamster wheel is approximately six feet tall and two feet wide and is made of wood and track foam. It is held by a wooden base to keep the wheel in place while it is rotating. One of the main factors in creating this wheel was identifying the ideal surface, one that would increase running efficiency, have ideal traction, and offer optimal stride frequency while decreasing the risk of injury.