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Pinewood Derby, Got Math?
The math department at our school purchased a pinewood derby track from a local boy scout troop. Each student was given a car. They had to design it, paint it, and race it. We looked at probability, rate, distance, measurement, circumference, diameter, slope, rise. run, and data collection. Our language arts teacher looked at the history behind the pinewood derby and our science department studied forces and motion.
As a math extension, we partnered this lesson with,
"I'll Be There Shortly", by Hungry Teacher
Topics: Measurement, Conversion, Rates, Ratios, Inequalities, Diameter, Circumference, Right Triangle, Pythagorean Theorem, Hypotenuse, Real World Math, Dimensions, Volume, Cylinder, Cubed, Squared, Unit Rate, Cost Comparisons, Geometry, Proportion, Scientific Notation
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