Ever fancied being able to run as fast as Usain Bolt? Or jump as high as Ivan Ukhov? Come to the Science Museum to test your skills in a new event being hosted in partnership with Loughborough University – Super Speedy Sprint. There will be a media photocall to launch the event on Tuesday 14 August, 10.30am-12.00pm.
The event is part of the Science Museum’s Summer of Sport season which looks at how science and technology will deliver an excellent performance at sporting events this summer and in the future.
Super Speedy Sprint will run at the Science Museum from Tuesday 14 August until – Thursday 16th August.
MEDIA PHOTOCALL DETAILS
Event Title: Super Speedy Sprint
Date: Tuesday 14 August, 10.30-12.00pm.
Location: Antenna gallery, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD
RSVP to Laura Singleton. E-mail: Laura.Singleton@sciencemuseum.org.uk or tel: 0207 942 4364.
Film / photograph visitors and an amateur runner from Loughborough University taking part in two sporting challenges as part of a new FREE event at the Science Museum called Super Speedy Sprint. The three day event is part of the Science Museum’s Summer of Sport season.
Key visuals / recording opportunities
· Who can jump the highest? Volunteers perform a squat jump on a force plate to determine how high they can jump. This type of jump is highly correlated with performance in the early phase of a sprint and the type of shoe worn can also influence performance.
· Who crossed the line first? Volunteers take part in a 5m sprint which is filmed using a high-speed camera and footage is edited to produce a final image of them crossing the finishing line.
· Experts from Loughborough University showcasing a prototype of a new sports shoe – designed to enhance performance.
· Vox pops with visitors (including children) taking part in the demonstrations.
Chris Peploe, Researcher - Loughborough University
Corrinne Burns, Assistant Content Developer, Science Museum
The event is part of the Science Museum’s Summer of Sport season which will run throughout August. During this time there will be another live event and a display of four exhibits dedicated to looking at the science and technology of sports.
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Will wearable sensors advance sports training?
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How can new technology improve mobility?
Whether it’s for a casual stroll or a super-fast sprint, the design of a prosthetic leg will need to match its function. Two prosthetic legs, the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System and the running blade, improve mobility for different uses and are both on show. The Genium uses innovative technology to create more natural movement. Controlled by sensors and computer processors, it closely mimics the human leg when standing and walking. The running blade has a single use: athletics. You run on the balls of your feet, so the blade has no heel. It’s curved shape stores and releases the athlete’s energy. Both are made from carbon fibre that can withstand the pressure of everyday use and the intense demands of sport. Supported by Ottobock.
Where: Live Events - Antenna Gallery, FREE - ground floor Wellcome Wing
Science Museum Visitor Information:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD.
Summer opening hours
Every day Monday – Sunday till 19.00.
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