Wednesday, January 13, 2010

GIGANTIC Gummy Bears and Guinness records

Today students got to see what happened when gummy bears are soaked in water for 24 hours. They get huge! Students could see that the gummy bears were larger, but really had a good idea of the size change when they compared their big bear to a control, a normal size gummy bear.

Some students had difficulties measuring the gigantic bears because now they were more fragile and quite a few lost feet and some bears were just blobs. Students worked on their measurements and writing good conclusions. Here Beasley and Joci are measuring their bears.

We reviewed scientific method for notes and then worked on some math conversions in the form of a challenge. All of the questions were based on material from the Guinness World Records and involved converting from one record to another. We saw the largest diamond, the smallest waist, the furthest eye popper and others as teams competed to get points for right answers and double points for being the first ones done.

Students seemed to enjoy the goofy and sometimes gross records and got into the conversions. I was surprised that henry and Corinn both knew of the tallest man and did a fairly good job guessing how tall he was without converting. Robert Wadlow was 8 foot 11.1 inches!

In second period, there was a tie between Kaboria & Laura and Brittany & Chris. In third period, Alan & Austin were the quickest (though there were several close calls with other teams).

1 comment:

todd said...

are you applying for a world record with your gummies?