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DOES A CHILD WAKE UP QUICKER IN THE MORNING TO THE VOICE OF A PARENT OR AN OR AN ALARM CLOCK?
Megan Gilbart-Webster
Grade 6

Hypothesis

Although my reaserch indicated that a mother's voice woke her child up faster than an alarm, I felt confident that I would wake up faster to my alarm clock being that this is what I wake up to every day.  Due to this, 

I hypothesized that my alarm clock would therefore wake me up faster in the morning than my own mother's voice. 

 

Research

For my reaserch I searched up an ardacle about a child whos house was on fire and then the fire allarm went off and the child did not wake up so then the mother said his name and he woke up so fast and then a couple months later they did a experiment on it and there reaserch was right that the mothers voice was the right option so I wanted to test this theory but i switched it up and i added my dad to the experiment.

Variables

 

 

INDEPENDENT VARIABLES CONTROLLED VARIABLES INDEPENDENT VARIABLES
how long it took me to wake up

same bedtime, same wake up time, same pj's, same bed, same stopwatch and same alram music.

my parents and the alarm clock
     

 

 

Procedure

MY PROJECT IS ABOUT DETERMINING WHICH CAN WAKE A CHILD UP FASTER, A PARENT CALLING OUT THE CHILD’S NAME, OR AN ALARM CLOCK PLAYING MUSIC. WHAT I AM GOING TO DO IN THIS EXPERIMENT IS GO TO BED AT 9:00 PM EVERY NIGHT,      AND WAKE UP AT 6:30 AM EVERY MORNING, ALTERNATING BETWEEN MY MOM’S VOICE AND THE ALARM CLOCK FOR THE FIRST 10 DAYS, AND MY DAD’S VOICE AND THE ALARM CLOCK FOR THE FOLLOWING 10 DAYS. ONE OF MY PARENTS WILL COME IN MY ROOM BEFORE I WAKE UP AND HAVE A STOPWATCH IN THEIR HAND THAT THEY WILL START AS SOON AS THE ALARM GOES OFF (OR ONE OF THEM SAYS MY NAME) I WANT TO TRACK MY RESPONSE TIME FOR GETTING UP IN THE MORNING TO MY MOM AND DAD’S VOICE VERSUS MY RESPONSE TIME TO MY ALARM CLOCK OVER THE 20-DAY PERIOD.

 

Observations

LOOKING BACK ON THE 20 DAYS OF MY EXPERIMENT, I OBSERVED THAT I WOKE UP EVERY MORNING BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 3:00 AND 5:00 AM AND THEN GOING BACK TO BED UNTIL MY ALARM/PARENTS WOKE ME UP. 

 I ALSO OBSERVED IN THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE EXPERIMENT THAT I WAS MORE TIRED WHEN I WOKE UP, AND IN THE FINAL 10 DAYS OF MY EXPERIMENT I SEEMED TO BE MORE USED TO WAKING UP AT 6:30 IN THE MORNING AND GOING TO BED AT 9:00 AT NIGHT 

 

 

Analysis

Conclusion

IN COMPLETING MY EXPERIMENT, I FOUND OUT THAT MY HYPOTHESIS WAS INCORRECT.

I HYPOTHESIZED THAT MY ALARM CLOCK WOULD WAKE ME UP FASTER IN THE MORNING THAN 

EITHER OF MY PARENTS. THE DATA THAT I GATHERED, SHOWED THAT I RESPONDED TO MY ALARM CLOCK AN AVERAGE OF 15.5 SECONDS OVER 10 DAYS. I RESPONDED TO MY PARENTS VOICES AN AVERAGE OF 13.5 SECONDS OVER A SEPERATE 10 DAYS, AND IF I BREAK THIS DOWN EVEN FURTHER MY DATA SHOWS THAT I RESPONDED TO MY MOM’S VOICE AN AVERAGE OF 12 SECONDS IN A SEPERATE 5 DAYS THIS DEMONSTRATES THAT I RESPONDED QUICKER TO MY MOM’S VOICE BY 3 SECONDS.

 

 

Application

My experiment is important because in the first article I found, it reported that a fire erupted in a little boys house and the fire alarm went off and the little boy didn't respond to it. The fire and the smoke was getting closer to his room and putting his life in danger.  His mother woke up to the alarm and went to check on her son who was still in his bed sleeping.  She tried to wake him calmly so as to not frighten him  and he work up in a matter of seconds. In conclusion this experiment is important because it saved his life and this caused the study to be replicated to prove the importance of children's response to voices of their mothers versus alarms with the hope of saving more lives.

Sources Of Error

the first day of my expirement i woke up to go to the washroom at 6:28 AM and its was my alarm day soo i didnt go back to sleep in time so my alarm went off an di was not there to be woken up to it so i think that could have interfires with my project.

Acknowledgement

I would like to thank my mom and dad for waking me up on time and having the stop watch with them at all times, my sister for not waking me up in the mornin and east lake school for helping me out with this awsosme experiment, also for miss Van Den Eynden for helping me at lunch every wekk with this!