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How To… #3: How to make your own game?

Team StoryWeavers|July 01, 2021, 20:20 IST| 11

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In this third episode, we are answering a question asked by class 6 student, Aayush Kumar Singh from Chapra. He wants to know how to make your own game?

We got just the DIY for him! Did you know that hand eye coordination is one of the most important skills needed for survival of humans? It affects almost every aspect of one’s life right from the ability to cook better to type faster! While on average we develop these motor skills naturally to some extent while growing up, there’s always room for improvement. Due to the ability of nerve cells to reorganize themselves – a fascinating phenomenon called neuroplasticity – more practise of certain hand-eye movements can improve the neural connections in your brain, ultimately improving your hand-eye coordination. 

According to researchers from the Department of Exercise and Sports Science of the University of Wisconsin, playing speed stacking aka cup-stacking can significantly improve your hand-eye coordination, quickness, concentration and overall  ambidexterity (the ability to use both hands equally well). Here’s what you’ll need to play this game

Materials required: 

  1. 12 Paper cups/plastic cups
  2. Timer

To make things more interesting, you can also take turns with your friends/family members. After all, the more the merrier! You can even set up your own tournament and find your in-house speed stacking champion! After you get a hang of the basic format, you can also move onto advanced formats like 3-6-3 or cycle as described above.

How is the game played ?

Player playing cup stacking

source: giphy

This seemingly simple but fun game has been a part of the AAU (Amatuer Athletic Union) Junior Olympic Gamessince 1981. Get ready for some serious hand-eye coordination flex!

Played in both Individual and team formats, the game involves stacking 9 or 12 specially designed cups in pre-determined sequences as fast as possible. 

Apart from the cup, players are also provided with an equipment called a stackmat, which is a sort of mat on which the cups are stacked. The stackmat has a timer built into  to record the time taken by the players to complete the task.

Stacking of cups happens in a specific sequence, usually pyramids of 3,6, or 10 cups. Players compete against each other by recording the time taken to stack and unstack the cups in a specific sequence. A game that tests both agility and concentration, the winner is usually the one who maintains a fine balance of both qualities.

The governing body setting the rule for this game is called the World Sport Stacking Association (WSSA), and is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado.

Variations of Speed Stacking: 

  • 3-3-3 (9 cups): This sequence consists of three pyramids of three cups each. Players must ensure to up-stack and then down-stack the cups into their original positions in the same order as the up-stack.
  • 3-6-3 (12 cups): Similar to the 3-3-3 sequence except for a six stack pyramid which replaces the three stack pyramid in the middle. Players should ensure to up-stack and down-stack the pyramids in the same order like the 3-3-3 sequence.
  • Cycle(12 cups): This is a sequence of stacks in the following order:
    1. 3-6-3 stack  
    2.  6-6 stack (two pyramids of six cups stacked up and down into one containing all twelve cups altogether)  and 
    3. 1-10-1 stack (a pyramid of ten cups in the middle), 
    4. Finishing in a down stacked 3-6-3.

Share your stacking times  with us in the comment section below and find out where you stand in the BYJU’S student community of speed stackers (home edition)!

About the Author


Charu, a feminist and an accidental writer, is yet to master the art of writing about herself. Always curious to learn new stuff, she ends up spending a lot of time unlearning the incorrect lessons. She enjoys all sorts of stories – real, fictional, new, old, hers and would love hearing yours too. Feel free to ping her at [email protected] to share anything that you think is worth sharing.

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Sachit Bhat

October 13, 2020

Nice activity


Saravanakarthiek

September 28, 2020

Thank you byjus I will try at my home in lock down ???


Vedant

September 12, 2020

Thank you very much byjus


G suhas raj

September 6, 2020

Yea this game is awesome, byjus is somewhat extraordinary, it ensures us to love learning with all other activities required to study well and get entertained . I love you byjus , for making my life fantastic . Byjus is not just an educational institution it’s an emotion . Finally this game I will try my best to champ it


Neeraja Rajendra Paranjpe

August 31, 2020

wonderful game ?


Aayush Kumar

August 26, 2020

I will play this game Thanks Byjus


? Manashvi Singh

August 26, 2020

In my school we actually have a similar race called “Pyramid Race” . We run to a towards the stool where the cups are there , make a pyramid and run back. The one who reaches the finish line first wins. But if the pyramid falls then he/she is disqualified. We had this race till 4th Class in Our School Sports Day. It was a very interesting and fun race.
Also my time is 13 seconds in 6 cups pyramid ( both stacking and breaking it )


Anvi Shetty

August 26, 2020

I love it , it is very interesting !


Anvi Shetty

August 26, 2020

I won the challenge with my mom


Anonymous

August 26, 2020

Hmmmm…….. will try.Thank you Byjus ?


ABHISAR SINGH ⚡

August 26, 2020

It is now very interesting one thank you so much my friend Byju’s . I will play this.


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