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Bens science fair

im doing this because my dad said i could buy the video game just cause 2 for the ps3 if i made my science project in prezi.

Ben LeMoine

on 4 May 2010

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Distracted Driver Do distractions affect your score in a driving video game? Distractions are likely to affect your score in a driving video game. I know this mainly from my experience. I have played many games and I’m VERY familiar with distractions. The distractions in this project are talking on a cell phone, and having a conversation with your friend.
I think that talking on a cell phone will be a big distraction. I don’t think that having a conversation with your friend will be as much of a distraction. In fact, when I play the game traffic rush on the iphone, I often get a better score while having a conversation with someone. I think this is because when I play that game I concentrate on beating my high score, which is a distraction by itself. But when having a conversation, I don’t concentrate on my high score, so for me I tend to get a better score while having a conversation.
I will test this experiment on other people too because their results might be different than mine.
This experiment can also relate to real life. Cell phone distractions cause 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries each year. While talking on a cell phone, drivers also are 18% slower to react to brake lights, keep a 12% greater following distance, and take 17% longer to regain the speed they lost when they broke.
Distractions cause 80% of car crashes and 65% of near crashes. There are 3 major types of distractions:
1.Taking your eyes off the road (visual)
2.Taking your mind off the road (cognitive)
3.Taking your hands off the wheel (manual)
The main things that distract drivers are cell phone use, reaching for a moving object inside the car, looking at an event outside of the car, reading, and applying makeup.
Cell phone use has become so popular these days, that at any time, 10% of drivers are using their cell phone. Using a hands free device does NOT lower your risk of getting in a car crash, it is talking with someone that is distracting, not holding the cell phone.
Backround Research I don’t think the distraction of having a conversation will affect your score. But I do think that talking on a cell phone will affect your score. I explained why I think this in my background research. Question Hypothesis 1. A gaming system (I’m using the Nintendo Wii)
2. Driving game for that system (I’m using Mario Kart)
3. Steering wheel for the game
4. Two cell phones
5. Volunteer gamers of various skills (at least 3)
6. Shared Google Documents (to record questions and data)
Materials 1.Set up Mario Kart on single player mode. Choose a driving course that you and your friends like because you will be using this same course for the whole experiment.
2.Start the experiment. Have the first gamer drive the course with no distractions. Make sure no one is talking to he/she while driving the course. If you have a pet, make sure it is out of the room because it could potentially be a distraction. When the gamer is finished, record their score and how long it took them to complete the course.
3.Have the gamer drive the course again. But this time, have one of the other volunteer gamers take one of the cell phones and go in the other room. Then have the gamer driving the course call that cell phone. Have them hold the cell phone and talk with one hand, and drive with the other. Record their results in your notebook.
4.Have the gamer drive the course a 3rd time. This time, have the gamer engage in an interesting conversation (while driving the course) with one of the other gamers. The two gamers should be in the same room.
5.Repeat steps 2-4 with the first gamer two more times.
6.Repeat steps 2-5 with the other 9 gamers.

Note: I used Google Shared Documents to record my data. The advantage of using Google Docs is that I could access my data from any computer, instead of only having your data in a notebook.
Procedure Based on my data, yes, distractions do affect your score in a driving video game, but not always in a negative way. The less experienced gamers scored better on the distraction trials. This is because the distraction trials were the second and third time the volunteers played the game, so despite the distractions, they were getting practice each time, therefore, getting better.
But since the rest of my volunteers were experienced gamers, they generally scored worse with the distractions. This is because they were already at their best, therefore, the distractions made their score worse.
Next time I do this experiment I could only test experienced gamers to get better results. I could also have everybody play the game a couple of times first so they’re not always getting better each time. That would give me more accurate results.
Generally, I think I can conclude that distractions affect your score in a negative way. 6 out of 10 volunteers scored lower with distractions. I still think that the less experienced gamers were also affected in a negative way but it was outweighed by the fact that they were getting practice each time, which improved their scores.
Conclusion •What's your favorite movie?
•Why do you like it?
•Who plays in it?
•What's it about?
•Are you done with the race yet?
•What lap are you on?
•What's your time so far?
•What did you have for dinner yesterday?
•What's for dinner today?
•Did you want to be in my experiment?
•(if answer no) Why not?
•Or why did you come?
•(if answer yes) Why did you want to come?
•Have you ever played Mario Cart before?
•What game systems do you have?
•When did you get them?
Questions for Conversation trial •What games do you have for them?
•What's your favorite game?
•Are you done with the race now?
•What lap are you on?
•What's your time?
•What's your favorite book?
•Who wrote it?
•What's it about?
•What was your favorite part?
•Do you have any siblings?
•What are their names?
•What's your parents' names?
•Who is your best friend?
•Why is he/she your best friend?
•What is your favorite thing to do with your best friend?
•What is your favorite color?
•Why do you like that color?
•Do you have any clothes that are that color?
•Do you like single player play or online in video games?
•Which do you play more often?
•Do you alaways beat the single player mode before trying online?
•What is/was your favorite subject in school? Why? (not allowed to answer PE, lunch or recess!) lol
•Who is/was your favorite teacher?Why?
•Where did you go to elementary school? Middle school? High school? College? (ask the ones that are appropriate)
•Do you play any sports? If yes, which ones?
•What position(s) do you play?
•How long have you played it?
•Do you like the sport you play?
•What is your favorite sports team?
•Who is your favorite player on that team?
•What do you like about it?
•Do you have a favorite restaurant? Which one? What is your favorite meal there?
•Do you have a favorite waiter/waitress there?
•How often do you go there?
•Where do you like to go on vacation?
•What is your favorite thing to do there?
•How many times have you been there?
•When was the last time you went there?
•When are you going there next?
•Do you like Macintoshes or PCs better? Why?
•Is there anything you can do on your Macintosh or PC that you can't do on the other one?
•Which one do you have more of?
Questions for Cell Phone Trial
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