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Comparing Keyboards

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Do you type a lot? If so, you may be at risk of developing wrist and shoulder pain. To prevent this, a split keyboard was invented. We will compare the speed of typing using a split keyboard and a normal keyboard to see if there is a difference.


The hypothesis is that there will be a significant difference in the speed of typing using a split keyboard and a normal keyboard, with typists using the split keyboard being slower than those using normal keyboards.

Method & Materials

You will select 20 students who type regularly and assess their typing speed on the first day. Then, the students will be divided into two groups. The first group will continue to use the standard keyboard to practice typing assignments for an hour, for the next 30 days. The second group will practice typing assignments using the split keyboard for 1 hour for the next 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, the 20 students will be tested again for their typing speed.
You will need 20 students who type regularly, 30 typing assignments, 5 computers with normal keyboards, 5 computers with split keyboards, and 1 stopwatch.


After 30 days of practice, the results showed that all of the students had improved their typing speed. However, when comparing the average speed of students using the normal keyboard and the split keyboard, it was found that the average typing speed was the same for both keyboards.

Why do this project?

This science project is interesting because it tests the effectiveness of the split keyboard in improving typing speed.

Also Consider

Experiment variations to consider include testing how long a person can continue to type on the normal keyboard compared to the split keyboard before becoming tired, and comparing the number of words typed in a day using the normal keyboard and the split keyboard.

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