In Dr. Frazier’s 7th Grade Science Class:
Three students decided to test the Vitruvian hypothesis that 10 hands = ones’ height–quite directly. Three spectator students are listening to the explanation. A real hand points to the handprint. This project to represent data visually (beyond the typical graphs–we had already covered) was very popular with the kids. Many named it as the most “exciting” part of science so far during parent conferences. This started with a big data set of measurements (from 76 kids)–and provided material for art-science tinkering and play. “Messing about” with data has very interesting possibilities that can go hand-in-hand with the direct investigation of phenomena.