Skimmers

Learning Measurement Through Competition
Posted on 11/12/2019
Skimmers

Learning Measurement through Competition

           

            In Ms. Bryan’s Gateway to Technology classroom, students discover the design process. One objective of the class is to apply what they have learned throughout the design process units to develop a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. Therefore, one of the skills they must master first is the ability to make precise measurements.

            Merriwether Middle School sixth grade Gateway students perfected their precise measuring skills by creating a skimmer that they raced against their classmates. The objective was to create a skimmer that will slide across the floor with ease if the measurements are accurate and the workmanship is exceptional.

            Once the students had created their skimmers, they were challenged to “race” them. One sixth grader, Spencer Farthing, exclaimed, “I am so excited that mine went so far!” When asked why his went further than a few of his classmates, he replied, “Because I took my time and made sure that my measurements and my folds were perfect.” Students were allowed to make adjustments to their skimmers after every trial; another skill that is required in the design process.

            The Gateway to Technology class at MMS is a great way for students to build the real-world skills they need beyond the classroom.

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