The Amazing Race!
random caveat: Season 14 had a deaf participant!
I will give students 2 options -
Option 1: No real trig involved, but still challenging thought processes and more stops to make
- Find the shortest "round-the-world" trip visiting many of the tallest buildings in the world.
- Assume (for the current purposes of this project) that you have a private jet/helicopter that can take off/land anywhere in the world.
- Primary tool: Google maps
- Go to http://brtva-math.wikispaces.com/
- Click Trigonometry in the left navigation bar
- Click Amazing Race
- Follow the directions.
- Find the quickest and safest path from the Golden Triangle to the finish line at the Mabu-mabu tribe
- Primary tools
- Paper map of possible trails
- Rules/directions/important information (see page 2 of this document)
- Law of Sines/Law of Cosines/general trig knowledge
I'm really excited about this! I was so proud of my students after their Triangle test, because they struggled through some tough problems and tried to make sense of them. I think this will be a good opportunity to challenge their thinking skills even further and give them some freedom. I wish I could have more trig involved in Option 1, but I'm not sure how to do it naturally.