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Project 6

Project 6

The Gamification of Man to Man Defence

Students Charlie Rice, Kerry Atowo, Joshua Gaffney
School St Joseph's Secondary School, Convent Lane, Rush, Co. Dublin
Teacher Daryl Dunne
Venue TUD Blanchardstown
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Abstract

This project was originally made to teach people how to social distance, teaching people how to gauge 2 metres. Building on this idea we re-engineered our technology to combine our love of basketball. All three of us play basketball on a school basketball team, so we decided to use the same technology that we used for our social distancing idea to develop a device that can help people improve their defence.

Our device is made from a Micro:bit. Using the micro:bit’s radio sensors and the signal strength function we found the signal strength that perfectly simulates 2 meters ,which we found was around -55. We then made a point system that we used to reward participants called life points. Everyone starts at 100 life points. When the received signal strength is above -55 , life points would begin to drain and this would be indicated by a -1 on the led screen.

We also have an accompanying website that shows ‘Life-points’ remaining after a training drill, which coaches can use for a statistical analysis. We did this so coaches can compare players with their previous training sessions, to see their improvements.

We carried out our main experiment with two groups, the ‘Open & Blind’ group. The Blind Group were given a micro:bit and told to train like it’s a normal defence drill. The Open Group were also given a micro:bit, but we explained how our device works and how they would lose points when they're more than 2 metres away.

Our data shows that there is a significant difference (p=0.0003) between the Blind and Open groups. This evidence clearly shows the value of our device in training correct distancing when defending. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions we have not been able to carry out our experiments to the scale we had planned but we still believe our device has a lot of potential.

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