The Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation (CKSF) is always brewing up fresh ideas and fun projects, like the Living STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) Project. This is what led us to travel to Hobe Sound, Florida with 6 Frisbees to throw with 25 kids on 1 gigantic soccer field.
The students of the Boys and Girls Clubs at Martin County (BGCMC) welcomed us into their computer lab where they utilized various internet resources to learn about longitude, latitude, and altitude. After they recorded the local wind direction, wind speed, and temperature, we headed out to the field for some serious Frisbee action.
As the students tossed their Frisbees, they also noted their age, gender, and height. With so many different factors going on, it’s difficult to distinguish what really affects how the Frisbee travels after being thrown. But fortunately for all five feet two inches of me, we learned that height doesn’t necessarily determine the distance a Frisbee travels.
For the past few months, the staff at CKSF have been developing the Living STEM with a goal to have students in different parts of the world participate in STEM related projects. By building a database of Frisbee throws around the world, students can use the data in math to see how they compare with others on the opposite side of the planet.
When the 11 and 12 year olds from the Boys and Girls Clubs learned that they were the first to enter our database, they replied with oohs, aahs, and even a “That is so cool!” As we gave them a final pop quiz of what they learned that day, hands shot up in the air and raced to answer.
Who said learning couldn’t be fun or involve throwing things around?