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Zap!

Zap!

Introduction

In this activity you will play a game that tests your reaction time so pay attention and see how well you do.

 

 


Exploration

Go to the Zap! activity. Then click on the "How to Play" button at the top left of the screen before playing. Scroll down the page using the arrow key to read all of the instructions for the game.

As you read, be prepared to answer these questions:

  • What is the goal of this game?
  • What happens if you hit the Zap! button too early?
  • How is Round 2 different from Round 1?
  • What do you have to do in Round 3?

When you're ready, click the "Back to Zap!" button at the top left of the screen to return to the interactive. Then click the red Zap! button toward the bottom of the screen to start. You and your partner can play ONE TIME to practice and see how the game works. For example, remember that, in Round 1, the tricky part is to pay attention to the lower panel on the left for when the fly appears (and not the frog on the screen). Also note that there are three trials in each of the three rounds and 

Now read over your Zap! Reaction Time Data Sheet with your partner. While one player is taking the Zap! challenge, the other should write the reaction times on the data sheet. When all of the times have been recorded for the first player, switch places and record your partner's time scores.

Remember: At the end of each round, the reaction-time scores will be displayed again. Do not click the Zap! button until your partner has written down all of your reaction times!

When both players are finished and scores recorded, click on the "Learn More" button at the top right of your screen. Use the arrow buttons to scroll down the screen and read more about what's happening in this interactive.

Then respond to the questions below to better understand your reaction.


Knowledge Check

  • Which was harder for you to react to? Seeing or hearing the fly?
  • What do you think caused your reaction time to be slower in this case?
  • Which round was the hardest? Why?
  • How did you feel while waiting for the fly?
  • When you saw or heard the fly, in what ways did your body react?
  • Why can practice help to improve your reaction time?
  • What are the benefits of having a quick reaction time?

This esheet is a part of the Reaction Time 2: Zap! lesson.

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