Dea Flores Turns Video Games into a Winning Science Fair Project

Dea Flores Turns Video Games into a Winning Science Fair Project


>>It goes in this way, right?>>Dea: I like to take
APs and Honors a lot because it gives me
extra points on my GPA. I have Computer Science Programs
first period and Physiology for second, and third period
I have AP U.S. History.>>Narrator: Dea Flores is very busy.>>Dea: Fourth period
I have AP English. Fifth period I have Math Analysis,
and after school, I have track.>>Narrator: Instead of
going to her local school, Dea commutes across town to
Bravo Medical Magnet High School in East Los Angeles.>>Dea: I didn’t want
to come to Bravo. I wanted to go to a different school. And my parents, they forced me
to come here, and I hated them for it for, like, a couple of months, but then I understood
they were right. As a Blue Ribbon School, it is a
very great educational program.>>Alan, you’re my guinea pig?>>I’ll be your guinea pig.>>Narrator: Dea is
excelling at Bravo. She recently designed an experiment for her physiology class
using biofeedback equipment and video games.>>Dea: Well, I came up with
the hypothesis that people who play video games more might
actually have a lower stress level than people who didn’t. So I started asking people, “Do you
consider yourself a gamer or not,” and then I would test them.>>So this electrode is going to
be measuring your brain waves, so I’m going to put one
electrode on your forehead and one electrode on your ear.>>Dea: It was the same game on
the same device for every person.>>Alan was actually pretty stable
through the whole thing, I guess, because of his familiarity
with the game. Diana — this is her practice
— when she started hitting, her stress level would
start to go down.>>Dea: I gave my presentation
at the science fair, and I thought because I didn’t
have a solid conclusion, it wasn’t a valid experiment. It turns out, I guess it was. I got first place in the
category that I was placed in.>>Exercise can actually
reduce stress.>>Right.>>How could that work?>>Well, that’s something I still
want to test because I still think that athletes will have
a lower stress level just because they have an
output for that stress. Luis: [Subtitles]>>Dea: They come to parent
conferences all the time. They take my grades very seriously. They were like, “You’re very smart. You just underestimate yourself.”>>See, it won’t hit it. It doesn’t reach. Something’s wrong with the arm.>>Dea: I guess they
think I’m a good student.>>Narrator: For more
information about what works in education, go to Edutopia.org.

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