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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!
Build a Reaction Timer in Scratch
This course is delivered online and therefore requires 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.
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
What are the advantages and disadvantage of relying on technology to make decisions instead of humans?
We'll create a simple reaction timer game in Scratch, introducing basic computing principles and block-based programming
What is a Fire Tech Experience?
Fire Tech Experiences are regular, super short, high-interest sessions about the very latest developments in technology on topics you will love. Designed and led by inspiring, enthusiastic experts, …
Fire Tech Experiences are regular, super short, high-interest sessions about the very latest developments in technology on topics you will love. Designed and led by inspiring, enthusiastic experts, Fire Tech Experiences introduce you to new worlds and ideas from the comfort of home.
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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Leszek studies Electronic and Information Engineering at Imperial College London and teaches our coding courses. He loves using his STEM skills to bring people together and recently created an Imperial college fantasy football app that connects 200 players together.View Coding Courses >>