This design is a way to measure time in a more soothing matter. Through the calming smooth wavelike like motion, our project creates a stress free timer that will create a more visually appealing indication of the time left on tests. The undulating motion of the sticks accompanied by the changing color of lights will dramatically reduce the anxiety student feel while sitting through an exam. Yes the test taker will presumably feel stressed while thinking about time limitations, but this design will illustrate the amount of time in a way that is not distracting but instead, pleasantly comforting.
There are surely a number of fears students encounter walking into standardized tests. They will worry about subjects they aren't too confident in, the lack of sleep they got they night before, or simply the fear of not doing well. Contributing to this stress is the limited amount of time students have to take a test. All schools either use a traditional or digital clock to time standardized exams and that may not help the feeling of uneasiness kids go through each hour. They have the panic of rushing and not finishing on time. Plus, the constant reminder of a ticking clock and annoying monitors who seem to spick their stop watch under your noise as if you don't remember you're being timed.