Science Project Details:

Effect of classroom temperature on a student’s performance

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Difficulty: Intermediate 5
Cost ($): 20
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 3 days for science project experiment
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Abstract

This science fair project was performed to determine how temperature in a classroom can affect the performance of students. The tests were done in a classroom at temperatures of 20°C, 25°C and 30°C.

Hypothesis

Students will perform better in the tests when the classroom is at a temperature of 20°C.

Scientific Terms

Temperature, ventilation

Background

Temperature and performance

Lower classroom temperatures and improved air ventilation have been found to improve the learning ability of students. They can help students better their performance by as much as 10 to 20 percent. Lower classroom temperatures and improved air ventilation also help students to perform better at their school exams. Studies have show that students in classrooms with lower temperatures are able to do their work more quickly and make fewer mistakes.

In warm classrooms, students are easily distracted by the discomfort they experience and hence are not able to fully concentrate on their lessons. Warmer temperature tend to make students feel tired and lethargic, as compared to cooler temperatures which help them stay alert. On the other hand, the temperature in the classroom should not be extremely cold.
The temperature in the classroom should be at a level where the students feel comfortable, and are able to better concentrate on the lesson.