Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Do Fast Hands Mean Fast Feet?

Over the course of two weeks, 8Y1 have been involved in an investigation into the theory that 'fast hands mean fast feet'. We tested this hypothesis through a variation of different experiments to further expand upon the theory. We have conducted reaction tests which gave us information, this allowing us to present our results to prove, or discredit the theory. Further information on how we conducted the tests are detailed in following paragraphs.

(Ioan & Maddy)

The Investigation

During this investigation we've decided to undertake different experiments to retrieve results. The experiments were:
For hands:
The Rubix Race
Dropping the ruler
Claps in 30 seconds 
For Feet:
Speed Bounce
Stomps in 30 seconds 
Stamp on the colours
We choose these tests because they tested the speed of our reactions in an accurate safe way inside the classroom environment. In addition, these tests do not require previous knowledge or skills, which therefore produced more accurate unbiased results. 
[Jessica and Sophie]
This is a video of one of our reaction tests.

Our Findings

Our findings were that there was no correlation between the speed of hands and feet. You may have fast feet regardless of whether your hands react at the same pace or not (vice versa). The results show some cases of a correlation although this may just be a coincidence as there are equally the same amount of non-correlated results found throughout this experiment. We illustrated our findings in a poster:


We faced many limitations when we did the experiments. These all hindered the results to some degree and the potential to higher quality results. First of all, the space we were confined to was small and a bit cluttered. Although this was still a problem it was slightly eased due to the small (25) number of people that partook in the investigation, but this in itself was also an issue not giving us a big data set to work with. Also, we only had a limited amount of time having to setup and put away the equipment. This then leads us onto our last issue of having different people collecting the results. This prevents consistency in the data.
                                                                                                                                   -Evan & Ollie

To conclude, fast hands do not necessarily mean fast feet, as some people had a better score in one than in the other. In these experiments we learned about making a fair test and how to illustrate and analyse our findings.