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Conclusion

Our hypothesis that children who spend a large number of hours playing video games will be able to concentrate better at their studies, is not proven to be true.

A possible explanation for our observations is that even though  playing  video games might have helped the students to improve in their concentration, there was no revision or additional knowledge input in order to help improve their exam results.

 Video games are known to lead to addiction among children and adults. However, under careful monitoring and supervision, video games can be used to help train children improve their concentration and eventually their focus in the classroom.

Also consider

To improve the reliability and accuracy of our results, a larger sample of participants should be used, and perhaps the participants should be tested after a much longer amount of time of exposure to video games (eg. several months). We could also perhaps redesign our test, to improve its reliability - for example, multiple tests/exams could be administered over a period of time, to ascertain more accurately if the children's ability to concentrate at their studies has improved as a result of long exposure to video gaming.

The science fair project can possibly be repeated, this time, by having the kids practice racing games on the computer and then comparing  their performance on a go-kart track.

Another alternative would be to perform IQ tests before and after long exposure to video gaming  (several months)

References

Video games may improve concentration of children with ADHD - http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/703152

Brain training games – play the games that will improve your concentration -  http://ezinearticles.com/?Brain-Training-Games---Play-the-Games-That-Will-Improve-Your-Concentration&id=1273153

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Complexity level:
9
Project cost ($):
20
Time required:
1 day to prepare, 14 days for science fair project
Material availability:
Requires participation of school-goers who have video game consoles/computer games at home.
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements. Consent forms required.