Title

The Effect of Differing Contact Methods on the Spread of Germs in Classroom Environments

School Name

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Grade Level

9th Grade

Presentation Topic

Physiology and Health

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

This experiment tested to see if there is a difference between the spread of germs in human to human contact versus object to human contact. This experiment was done in two early childhood classrooms with a completely safe germ simulator. There have been no other studies testing this and very few that are similar. The few previous studies that were located have failed to address a difference in contact type. Conducted by directly applying the simulator to either a human or object, this study took one hour to perform. The main impact of this experiment is helping prevent the transmission of infectious, and deadly, diseases. It is hypothesized that if simulated germs are placed on a human subject, then they will spread more than if placed on an object. The data did not support the hypothesis as there was no significant difference between the spread of germs based on contact type.

Start Date

4-11-2015 9:45 AM

End Date

4-11-2015 10:00 AM

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Apr 11th, 9:45 AM Apr 11th, 10:00 AM

The Effect of Differing Contact Methods on the Spread of Germs in Classroom Environments

This experiment tested to see if there is a difference between the spread of germs in human to human contact versus object to human contact. This experiment was done in two early childhood classrooms with a completely safe germ simulator. There have been no other studies testing this and very few that are similar. The few previous studies that were located have failed to address a difference in contact type. Conducted by directly applying the simulator to either a human or object, this study took one hour to perform. The main impact of this experiment is helping prevent the transmission of infectious, and deadly, diseases. It is hypothesized that if simulated germs are placed on a human subject, then they will spread more than if placed on an object. The data did not support the hypothesis as there was no significant difference between the spread of germs based on contact type.