Project 1 – Carnival Game

This past week our students finished up the first part of their first project in our physics/math project-based learning course. Our first unit has been mostly about measurements and data analysis, so students created carnival games and then we hosted a carnival at a football game last week. They collected data at the carnival and are going to analyze it, write a report, and give a presentation this week.

I didn’t get any pictures of the actual carnival due to being the adult-in-charge for the first part of it, but the day before the carnival we were able to have one of our self-contained classroom come visit and play the games with us. Some pictures of that are below!

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What I loved most about this was the interactions. The games weren’t the best and we were loud and everyone else near us probably hated us during this time but everyone was having so much fun. The self-contained students obviously don’t get to be out with the rest of the students very often, and the regular students got a great opportunity to learn patience, encouragement, and how to better explain the rules of their games.

This has been the highlight of the year so far. We’ll see what, if anything, will top it.

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Currently a high school math teacher working on a cross-curricular project-based learning.

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