BT Young Scientist Competition ‘Nature vs Nurture’
Ms Ní Fhearghail's Class - Room 22
In Room 22, our class have been working on a science project for the BT Young Scientist Competition which takes place on the first week of January.
The project is called ‘Nature vs Nurture’.
Our research question is ‘Can practise make perfect in relation to sport?’
In our class we divided into four groups of 6-7 people. Each person the group had a different job to carry out. Within each group there was one person in the Control Group, one person in the Research Group, camera men, recorders, researchers.
On day one the four groups went out on to the yard and 8 children started to perform the first ‘Control Test’, where they had to completed 10 basketball throws and a long-jump.
The Research Group over the next 10 days completed practice in both of the above skills. The 4 control participants, who were chosen by our teacher Ms. Ní Fhearghail based on the results of the test, did no practice at all.
After the 10 days all 8 participants were tested again. We observed, analysed and recorded the results. We recorded that the 4 children, from the Research Group, improved after their practice whilst the Control Group made little or no improvement.
As a result of this we concluded that practice really does make perfect or close enough!
We are currently getting our presentation ready for the exhibition and look forward to presenting it in the RDS in January.