Can You Beatbox?

Question

Does gender affect a person’s ability to learn a beatbox noise?

Independent variable

I changed the different people and gender to test.

Dependent variable

What I’m measuring is the time it takes a person to learn a beatbox noise.

Hypothesis

My hypothesis was that boys would learn to make a beatbox noise faster than a girl .

Results

My results show that that the time for the boys is faster than girls. The average time needed for the girls was 43 seconds and for the boys was 18 seconds.

Conclusion

My hypothesis was right because the boys that I tested got faster times that the girls that I tested.

Preparation: 

  • finding participants
  • preparing the stopwatch 

Materials: 

  • Stopwatch on iPad or other device
  • Means to record data

Procedure: 

  1. Get participants for the project - several girls and several boys
  2. Test each participant alone in a quiet room.
  3. Show each person how to make the PF snare beatbox sound. Repeat as necessary.
  4. Time how long it takes each participant to make the sound.
  5. Record results and analyze them.

Variations: 

A note from Mike's presentation: As he presented his results, the very quick manner (6 seconds) in which one of the male participants learned the beatbox sound was discussed. This student happens to be very gifted in making sounds (though not a beatboxer) and the discussion was about whether his data should be included.

NGSS Standards: 

Plan and conduct an investigation individually and collaboratively to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence, and in the design: decide on types, how much, and accuracy of data needed to produce reliable measurements and consider limitations on the precision of the data (e.g., number of trials, cost, risk, time), and refine the design accordingly. (HS-ESS2-5)

Collage of Beatbox experiment