October 03, 2010

Really Cool Stats Activity

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After the Helicopter Challenge we had to design our own activity. After struggling to top the Helicopters, which was really fun, someone remembered the hilarious consequences of adding Mentos to Coke. We quickly shaped an activity around this. The things I took away from it was:

1. This is a really fun task. I'm dying to try it out and I'm "grown up" and "sensible". Therefore, kids will love it! 

2. We added a competitive edge of who can get the bottle the furthest. I usually dislike competition in lessons as it rewards the fast or the smart. I think the competition in this case is vital in helping the activity stay on task - the pupils who are methodical, collect good data, and analyse it to help make further improvements will be the ones who win. There is a real danger that the kids will forget the maths and just try to make stuff blow up. 

3. Our idea is a health and safety nightmare. Much careful thought, restrictions and staff/student ratios would need to be considered should we ever get the chance to actually do it. 

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