bitOlympics: Track & Field

Design Challenge: How would you imagine a track and field event by creating something that either runs, jumps or throws?

Tips:

Not sure what to create? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • What would your favorite track and field event look like?
  • How could you adapt your favorite sport to allow someone with disabilities to compete?
  • How would you play a running race?
  • How would you play a jumping competition?
  • How would you play a throwing sport ?
  • How could you measure who crosses the finish line first?
  • How would you measure how far someone jumped or threw a javelin or shot-put?
  • Create a track and field contestant . What sport would it compete in? How would you measure its performance?

Track and field is a sport which combines various athletic contests based on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from the sport’s typical venue: a stadium with an oval running track enclosing a grass field where the throwing and jumping events take place.

The running events, which include sprints, middle and long-distance events, and hurdling, are won by the athlete with the fastest time. The jumping and throwing events are won by the athlete who achieves the greatest distance or height. Regular jumping events include long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault, while the most common throwing events are shot put, javelin, discus and hammer. There are also “combined events”, such as heptathlon and decathlon, in which athletes compete in a number of the above events. Most track and field events are individual sports with a single victor, but a number are relay races. Events are almost exclusively divided by gender, although both the men’s and women’s competitions are usually held at the same venue.

A few examples of the sport:



Inspiration, Examples & Support

littleBits Timer by @RichB

Robot racing by @jonnyboy7899

Animated Grasshopper Jumping by @JackANDJude

Anna’s Marshmallow Catapult by @foursisters

Share Your Project

Upload your project to littleBits Project Page ( http://littlebits.cc/projects ), and make sure in your upload you add the hashtag #bitOlympics.

  • The specific bits you used in the project
  • Reflect on what did you do1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • a video of your project working

@PWHill, love these project ideas. How can we make this more of a design challenge that’s open ended? Something that people aren’t all creating the same project?

UPDATE: BitOlympics Track & Field Competition

  1. How would you imagine track and field events using littleBits?
  2. What would your favorite track and field event look like using littleBits?
  3. How could you adapt your favorite sport to allow someone with disabilities to compete?
  4. How would you play a running race with littleBits? Would the littleBits do the running?
  5. How would you play a jumping competition with littleBits? Would littleBits do the jumping?
  6. How would you play a throwing sport with littleBits? Would littleBits do the throwing?
  7. How could you measure who crosses the finish line first using littleBits?
  8. How would you measure how far someone jumped or threw a javelin or shot-put?
  9. Create a track and field contestant using littleBits. What sport would it compete in? How would you measure its performance?

@peter_1020 should we include a ‘starter-gun noise’ challenge?

Hey @PWHill: these are some really great project ideas. The first one you listed looks to be the most design challenge-like. Lets move forward with that one and list some of your other ideas as sample project ideas.

Take a look at @joey’s work on Rhythmic Gymnastics: bitOlympics: Rhythmic Gymnastics v1. Could you create something like this for your sport of Track & Field? Let me know how I can help!

Inspiration, Examples & Support

A timer that could be used for the track & Field sports (by @RichB)


Robot racing by @jonnyboy7899


Share Your Project

Upload your project to littleBits Project Page for the bitOlympics( bitOlympics: Invent Your Own ), post the link below and don’t forget to include:

  • The specific bits you used in the project
  • Reflect on what did you do1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • a video of your project working