Day 17: Buggy Challenge
Today we did the buggy challenge. Each group was given a buggy and 8
minutes to determine the speed of their buggy. As groups finished, I
took away their buggy and paired them with another group and asked
them to predict where their buggies would have a head-on collision if
initially separated by 3 meters.
Instead of a head-on collision, you can simulate a tortoise-hare
scenario and have kids predict where the fast buggy will pass the slow
buggy. You can make the tortoise-hare more challenging by telling
students something like “5 seconds after the tortoise passes the hare,
the hare wakes up and starts running” rather than giving kids a
separation distance. Metronomes (web-based or otherwise) work well
here. You could even start the buggies at a right angle to each other to
simulate collision at an intersection. Kids would have to determine
when and/or where to start the buggies. My biggest problem is making sure everyone is engaged for most of the
time. What do you do?