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Conclusion

The hypothesis that performing some physical activity before sitting for an examination should improve the performance of students, is proven to be true.

Japanese factory and office workers have the habit of performing some light exercise before starting work in the morning. This is not only a team bonding experience, but this habit probably has contributed to a sharper and more hardworking workforce in Japan.

Our schools should also be encouraged to allocate some time for light exercise to be performed on a daily basis before class begins!

Also consider

The experiment can be repeated by having a longer time for the physical exercise.

Would changing the rest period in between the physical activity and taking the examination affect the overall results?

Try to repeat the experiment using younger or older students. Also, try performing the experiment on a much larger group of students for more accurate/reliable results.

References

  • The human brain - http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/exercise.html#physicalexercise
  • Mood altering exercise - http://fitness.suite101.com/article.cfm/mood_altering_exercise
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Complexity level:
3
Project cost ($):
5
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 4 days for experiment
Material availability:
Easily found. Ideas for questions may be obtained from textbooks, past examination papers and the internet.
Safety concerns:

Ensure that the students engage in low risk physical activities