Lead by staff in SportBU at Bournemouth University the fifteen pupils from Upton Junior School took part in a practical workshop that developed their understanding of how coding is present in Sport today. Pupils discovered and discussed how performance analysis is used multiple sports competition and training environments using real time and time lapsed systems such as video analysis and goal line technology. After watching some video explaining how these systems were developed and programmes at major tournaments such as Rugby World Cup and Tennis Grand Slam the pupils were put through their paces in some practical testing environments including speed gate analysis equipment and electronic reaction wall games
What the children thought.....
On Wednesday 13th of January 2016 15 children from UJS’s code club were given the exciting opportunity to go to Bournemouth university.
Miss Havicon and Mrs Sisson got us together in the minibus and we were off. When we arrived we were surprised by the Starbucks and papa john’s pizzeria. After waiting for a few minutes we were greeted by Barry (who worked in the sports BU centre.)
When we got in the sports hall. Barry talked about sport coding. We then got in a circle and were thrown a ball we had to say our names and our favourite sports. We then did some stretching which involved lunging and star jumps. After the exercise we sat down and watched a video about technology in tennis and rugby which had lots of coding that we did not know that was involved.
Then we started the activities, which were reaction wall and laser sprint. The first one was…THE REACTION WALL!!!!!! We had 1 minute to tap as many coloured circles on the wall as we could. After everyone had a go we went in pairs and at the same time competed against each other. The best game witnessed was Charlie vs Miss Havicon. Miss Havicon won by 1 point! But Charlie still got a t-shirt and bottle for the best overall score out of all children at 137.
The final activity was laser sprint where you ran through a long track and at the end it would give you your time to a 100th of a second. At the start and finish there was a laser. Once you break it, the timer starts and when you break the one at the end the timer stops.
Unfortunately Jasper made a human error by breaking the laser and not knowing. Jake got the fastest time and also won a t-shirt and bottle. Thank you Miss Havicon and Mrs Sissons for taking us on an awesome trip.
By Jasper Oldham and Charlie baker
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