Oyster River High School Advanced Biology class in Durham New Hampshire has
conducted a study to
monitor the spread of disease in our high school. It is our goal to find out
if disease spreads through ORHS, and if so, how is the disease acquired and
transmitted? We have formulated a Hypothesis and
Questions, which we hope to answer in our study.
Please explore our website to learn more about the study and gather
background information on the topic of the spread of disease.
- Results for the disease spread study have been
posted. This page includes data as well as graphs regarding the occurrences
of various symptoms and the effects of temperature on student health. Full
conclusions and explanations were presented at Oyster River High School
during the 00-01 midterm exam session. This concludes the disease spread
study. Daniel and Boris will begin a new, specialized study to monitor the
effects of stress on student health. This second study is to be complete
for the end of the 2001 school year.
- The experiment is currently two months into the testing period. In this
time the class has been tabulating the data received thus far. We have also
narrowed our goals in the study to several defined areas. The mission
statement has been formulated below.
As the 2000 - 2001 school year progresses, an increasing number of students
are observed to be sick at Oyster River High School in Durham NH. Several
hypotheses have been formulated to describe and explain this trend. It is the
goal of the Advanced Biology class to create an experiment to show the
relationship between student health and four defined factors. Among these are
hours of sleep, contact with friends and family, outdoor air temperature and
symptoms. The study will run for a period of twelve weeks. Results will be
published at our website www.orstudies.com
- It is now possible to submit the study Questionnaires
from the webpage. We will receive your data in a matter of seconds. While
input gathered from this website will not be counted in our experiment it
does give us an idea of another data source. The questionnaire is an exact
replica of the paper version that we use to poll biology classes weekly.
- A Background Information section has
been added to the website. This page has links to related information and
studies. Air temperature has been added as one of the factors that could
influence student health in the study. Therefore the page also features a
graph of outdoor air temperatures in Durham NH for the duration of the
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