Monday, February 23, 2015

Clothespin Math & Science

We used clothespins in both math and science today.  To help us with our studies with measures of central tendencies, we played a game to create a data set.  Students were challenged to see how many clothespins they could drop from their nose into a cup on the floor.  After compiling the entire class' scores, we graphed it and found the mean, median, mode, and range of the data set.  For science, we used clothespins to create a simple tool called an astrolabe.  Early astronomers used astrolabes to measure altitude of objects in the sky.  Who knew that clothespins could do so much more than hold our clothes to a drying line?!

A data-collecting clothespin game

Using homemade astrolabes to calculate altitude 

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