Sunday, September 12, 2010

I've always wanted to try it.

But I'd probably wimp out at the last second.

Several years ago I went to a workshop where we did the Barbie Bungee activity.  I thought it was fun, a good idea, and then promptly forgot about it.  I don't know what brought it back to mind recently, but I found a link to a Barbie Bungee activity on Illuminations and decided to give it a shot.  (It helps that my 3 year old daughter now has quite an assortment of Barbies!)  It's an activity in linear regression and would probably be best used in Algebra 2 but I'm going to use my Precalc classes as my guinea pigs (though it does legitimately fit as a topic in Chapter 1). 

Here's my typed-up copy.
Barbie Bungee                                                            

I'll have to do a little exploring at school this week to see where we can do the final jump.  There are a few staircases that might be good.... or maybe we could head outside and use the football or soccer stands.  That would be awesome if the weather's nice!  I intend to borrow one of our flip cameras to get some footage... I'll post it if I get anything good!  (Check out Youtube and Teachertube for some examples if you're not sure what I'm referring to.)

1 comment:

Mimi said...

I do the same activity every year (except this year, because I have some kids who have already done it with me last year), and the kids go nuts over it! It's a perfect time to discuss a bunch of concepts. One of my fave projects, for sure.