At the activity station, primary and secondary school students will compete in movement challenges, while at the same time we will tell them some basic information about human abilities. Challenges will also be tailored to this, as they will relate to different motor skills. The workshop conductor will first say a few words (in an interesting way) about a person’s motor abilities, their meaning and testing. Participants will then compete in challenges. These are following:
a) The challenge of endurance in strength (participants will perform isometric squat hold by the wall – the workshop conductor decides on an ongoing basis, depending on the age and motivation of the group, whether to perform a single-leg or double-leg variation). Participants simultaneously begin the test. It can be done in subgroups – depending on how large the groups will be (e.g., boys and girls). The challenge is easy to do at home, so it can be done online. The position for the exercise is show in one of the links below. The winner is the one who lasts the longest in the squat position. If the workshop is done at the faculty (not online), the winner receives a symbolic prize.
b) Balance challenge: The participant performs the Stork balance test (see pictures). The interpretation of the test is adjusted by the conductor to the age of the group (e.g., for the primary school students in the first grade, the emphasis is on the stork (animal) and playfulness, while for the secondary school students, the emphasis is on balance testing). All participants take the test at the same time, whoever lasts the longest is the winner. The test is also easily performed online. If it proves easy for the participants, the conductor has an extra ace up his sleeve – the participants close their eyes.
c) The challenge of hand-eye coordination. There is no competition for this challenge (no winner). There is a pattern on the board (or on ShareScreen) (see video from 1:20 onwards), which everyone must follow with a hand gesture (details in the video).
Researchers: Assist. Žiga Kozinc, Assist. Prof. Darjan Smajla, Assist. Sara Fabjan