Williamston's STEAM initiative continues to gain momentum. Another example of progress is represented here with 8th-grade students using a motion sensor in science class attached to a Vernier LabQuest to graph their location vs. time. The slope of the line in a P-T graph represents the speed/velocity. The lesson integrates science learning about slope with content taught in math classes. Students were excited to see a concrete application of these concepts integrated into a scientific investigation.
This graphing activity allows students to actually walk various graphs that are randomly generated by the program. Students then have to evaluate the graph to plan their walk in terms of where to start, how quickly to move, when to change direction, and so on. It allows them to experience an abstract motion graph in real life. The resources used for this lesson were made possible by grants in support of the District's K-12 STEAM initiative.