Build a Reaction Timer in Scratch

Discover how modern technology is helping us measure and improve performance in sports, and test out your own reaction times with a nifty reaction timer game you can make yourself in Scratch!

  • Ages:

    9-12

  • Equipment:
    Laptop required
  • Available locations:
    • Online
  • Pricing details
    Price:

    £10

For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).

Build a Reaction Timer in Scratch

For online courses: these require you to have a capable computer to work on and a broadband internet connection. Most PC/Mac computers from the last 5 years will be fine but you can view our recommended detailed system requirements here. For on campus courses: laptops are provided for all junior courses, as well as Music, Unity, Creative Design & YouTube senior courses. Laptop rental is available for all other senior courses (£50 extra).

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In this course picker times will be displayed in timezone chosen above but all times shown elsewhere will reflect the UK Times these events take place.

March
Online - Remote Learning
Wed Mar 9th 5:00pm-6:00pm 1 Days
Total£10
April
Online - Remote Learning
Wed Apr 20th 5:00pm-6:00pm 1 Days
Total£10
May
Online - Remote Learning
Sat May 28th 10:00am-11:00am 1 Days
Total£10
July
Online - Remote Learning
Sat Jul 2nd 10:00am-11:00am 1 Days
Total£10

Course highlights

Time for Sports!

Time for Sports!

What are some of the technologies we use to measure performance in some of our favourite sports and how accurate are they?

Tech vs human

Tech vs human

What are the advantages and disadvantage of relying on technology to make decisions instead of humans?

Meet Scratch

Meet Scratch

We'll create a simple reaction timer game in Scratch, introducing basic computing principles and block-based programming

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Course Overview

This fun and informative Experience will explore how we use technology to measure time to the millisecond in competitive sports, and how we can measure reaction times. Faster reaction times are better, right? We will begin using coding (the visual programming language called Scratch) to create a fun reaction timer game.

Led by our sports-loving, tech-savvy, super charismatic expert, this interactive session will discuss the concept of timing in sports, as a measure of performance in competitive events like running and swimming. What modern technology is used to measure for how fast we run or how quickly a car can race? What are the advantages of using that technology over human observation? Are lasers really better than humans? We will look at instant replay tools and sensors, timing gadgets and how technologies such as RFID chips help capture timings automatically.

We will introduce Scratch and make a simple ball heading game, as an introduction to measuring and improving our own reaction times.

This Experience is perfect for competitive kids who are interested in learning how technology and sports can work together to help humans run, jump and fly further and faster than ever before. No previous knowledge of coding is required. 

FireTech Experiences are a new series of short, high interest, fun and engaging tech demonstrations and talks. These are delivered in webinar style, using Zoom, with the main expert tutor showcasing a new interesting aspect of technology and learning. Apart from Zoom, no other downloads are required.

What your child will learn

  • Introduction to Scratch programming, a visual block-based programming language that is easy to use
  • An interesting insight into the technologies behind some of our favourite sports
  • The advantages and disadvantages of technology versus human observations in sports
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"My experience with Fire Tech was amazing, I am so happy that I signed up for it. Now I can code, animate, make video games and make mobile apps!"

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