Day 38: Texting and Driving
How far does your car travel while you drive and one-handedly text "LOL" to your friend?
I borrowed this prompt from a fellow physics teacher. Kids were immediately engaged. They asked questions like "How fast am I driving?" and "How long does it take to text?" I told them to assume whatever speed you wanted, we'd share out later. I also made stopwatches available for kids to time themselves texting. Then we shared assumptions and results (see blackboard pic).
Then we measured out the shortest and longest distances using measuring tape in the hallway. The reactions from the kids were incredible:
"Oh, WOW! That's REALLY far."
"Oh God. That's so scary."
"I had no idea."
It was a great way to spend a shortened period (20 minutes long due to snow delay opening).