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Abstract

This science fair project was performed to ascertain if playing strategic games and solving puzzles regularly will help to improve a person's spatial reasoning skill. The science project experiment involved a chess player, a Sudoku specialist, a rubix cube expert and a person who is not interested in puzzles or strategic games.

Hypothesis

People who like to solve puzzles and play strategic games will possess better spatial reasoning skills.

Scientific Terms

Intelligence, spatial reasoning

Background

Spatial reasoning

Intelligence is defined as the ability of a person to acquire knowledge and to apply it to practical use. Spatial reasoning is one of the eight types of intelligence. It is the ability of a person to recreate a visualized image in terms of its shape and measurements.

Spatial intelligence is an important part of major disciplines in education including computer science, engineering and mathematics. It is a fundamental method of analysis used by engineers, architects, mathematicians, scientists, inventors and designers in their professions.

Spatial reasoning actually goes beyond visualization and involves the ability of a person to analyze data and present them in spatial form so that they can be clearly understood. Engineers and scientists normally plot graphs to explain the complex relationships between different parameters. Spatial reasoning and thinking helps them to understand and analyze the information in the graphs.

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Complexity level:
8
Project cost ($):
60
Time required:
1hour to prepare, 2 hours for the science fair project experiment
Material availability:
Lego sets can be purchased at a toy store (eg. Toys R Us)
Safety concerns:

Basic safety requirements