|Difficulty: Beginner 3|
|Cost ($): 10|
Time required:1 hour to prepare, 1 hour for experiment
Availability of materials:Easily found
Older children will have better hand-eye coordination then younger children.
Hand-eye coordination is important as it helps us in most of our daily activities, from making coffee towriting, driving, sports activities and even playing computer games. The information seen by the eye is sent to the brain which will then process this information and send signals through our nerves to the muscles in our hand, to respond accordingly.
Therefore hand-eye coordination is very important. Without it we will not be able to avert danger, build homes, harvest food and acquire other skills.
Hand-eye coordination starts to develop in children from infancy through their middle childhood.
The materials required for this experiment:
|Grouping||Number of times the ping pong ball was dropped and caught||Average|
|Boys age 10||34||41||39||32||44||38|
|Boys age 15||52||56||55||59||58||56|
|Girls age 10||36||29||38||33||34||34|
|Girls age 15||57||47||59||55||52||54|
The results show that the 15 year old children have better hand-eye coordination then the 10 year old children. This is because the 15 year olds were able to catch the ping pong ball an average of 54-56 times compared to the 10 year olds who managed to catch the ball only 34-38 times. There was no significant difference in the results for the boys and girls of the same age.
The hypothesis that older children will have better hand-eye coordination skills then the younger children is proven to be true. Children will normally improve in their hand eye coordination skills as they grow older.
Hand-eye coordination is very important for our survival in this world. Without it, we will not be able to perform our most basic daily chores. Most of one's childhood is spent developing hand-eye coordination skills that will help us become more independent as we grow older.
The experiment can be repeated by bouncing the basket ball off a wall and catching it. See if using the bigger basket ball produces the same results.
Try to change the experiment to count the number of times the children fail to catch the ball. You might also consider having the children play a simple computer game that involves movement or control of a joystick/gamepad.