App Description: The Giant Timer is a timer that covers the entire iPad screen. This app has been tested to be visible from over 100 feet! It has two settings, stopwatch and countdown. The stopwatch counts up the seconds as the time elapses. In the countdown function, you input a time, such as 1 minute and the app countdowns to 0 from that time.
How We Use It: Giant Timer is our multipurpose app that can be used in multiple exhibit components to challenge the visitors in a friendly competitive ‘race against time’ activity or to measure how much time they take to do a certain activity. This app is often used at our PowerPlay exhibit, for example, the Mt. Boulder rock climbing wall exhibit to check how long it takes a visitor to climb the entire wall. It is also used in the Snow/Surf exhibit wherein the visitors try to balance on the surf board as the timer counts down from 1 minute. Our facilitators have also used this app in Invention Convention with the Widget Wall and Lego Car exhibits. It has helped measure how long a ball takes to travel the path or how long it takes the visitors to build a path for the ball. The same goes for the Lego Cars to measure how long it takes for the car to travel down the obstacle path. Basically this app can be used in any Skill building exhibit component to measure time lapsed in doing a certain task, for example time elapsed in building the Giant Arch.
We have specifically trained our facilitators not to use the app in exhibits that require physical abilities like in an obstacle race. There is possibility of children getting hurt in trying to finish before the timed countdown. In addition, unless a parent is using the timer to measure the child’s progress in an activity, a drawback of the app use is that most of the times the facilitators are interacting with the app for timing the visitor’s progress. We would appreciate if you have any other engaging ideas to share for using this app better. 🙂
Bridging Documents: The Giant Arch; Widget Wall