Day 1: How Far?
Question: How far is it from the first tree to the last tree (ie. point A to point B)?
Rules: You can take a pencil, paper and clipboard outside with you. Nothing else.
Different groups were able to tell me the distance from one tree to the other using units like:
- Jose's feet
- Jasmines (not her feet, but her)
- Brandon's longest stride
Me: "Will that work?"
"Yeah. Because the spaces are the same."
"How can you be sure? "
"Because look at them..."
"Yeah, I want them to be the same too. That'd be really helpful, huh?"
Now they have dilemma: do they go and measure the distance between each tree or just measure the entire distance from the first to the last? (wait, that's the same thing...which makes it a doublemma)
Oh, you want my help? Lemme show you how Google Earth can help you out here.
Day 2: How high?
Question: Come up with two different methods for finding the height of the building.
Rules: Don't climb up there.
Some of the methods:
- Ask Chuck. (Turns out Chuck, our custodian, had a copy of the elevations.)
- Take a picture of Cameron next to the building and see how many Camerons to the top.
- All kinds of crazy uses of a meter stick.
- Count how many bricks in a foot and then count the total bricks. (3 bricks and spaces = 1 foot.)
- A well thought out plan makes jobs easier
- Sometimes we need to adjust our plans
- Assumptions need to be investigated
- We can use some tools in ways we've never imagined (eg. cell phone camera, Google Earth)
- Some sources aren't trustworthy
I love this, David. Both days. Awesome. Thank you.
Glad to share.
I love the integration of the peer review step in this process. Would you say more about how you assessed the success (or failure) of this peer review step?
Thank you again for sharing this process.
- Elizabeth (@cheesemonkeysf)
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