Why do students absent?

Student(s):Sara Gorički, Anita Duran, Tin Kuzmanović, Estera Opačak
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Teacher(s):Marinela Labas
Contributors:Dubravka Rasol, scientist from National hydro meteorologic institute
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Air Temperature, Barometric Pressure, Relative Humidity
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Date Submitted:02/21/2018
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We investigated students absence reasons to find out are the numbers of absence connected with meteorological changes, quality of sleep and students obligations. Influenza, colds and inflammatory processes of the respiratory or digestive system respond to damp and warm closed areas.. The pressure and the relative humidity of the air values cause fatigue, dizziness, lower concentration, headache, poorer mood and change in blood pressure values as well. Such symptoms, just as well as stress, and reduced sleep quality reduce the activity of the immune system so the organism becomes more sensitive.
We assumed that a greater number of absences will be recorded in:
1.) periods of warming (conditions favorable to the reproduction of microorganisms),
2.) months with a larger number of days with a decrease in air pressure (5 hPa) and relative humidity (5%) values,
3.) months with the highest reported number of flu cases
We processed, compared, and analyzed collected data using Microsoft Excel and then displayed graphically.
Just hypothesis about the relation to the relative humidity values failed.
Key words: absence numbers and reasons, meteorological changes, sleeping quality, obligations


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Good work.Well attempted conclusion.

What other factors(non weather parameters) you think you will measure to understand the absenteeism?

Posted on 3/23/18 2:56 PM.

This project is well-written and has nice ways of testing hypotheses. I really enjoyed reading your report. It is very interesting to see a nice association between decreasing in temperature by 3 deg C and the number of student absence. It is a good idea to use GLOBE at night and sleeping patterns to explore on student absence.
I would like to ask these following questions.
1. How do you come up with 3 deg C temperature as a critical temperature?
2. Have you done some literature review on the temperature and flu incidences? If yes, it would be nice to cite the references on this to support your findings.
Keep up your great works!

Posted on 3/25/18 3:53 AM.