Falling Glowsticks

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How can you determine the height of a drop off a cliff if you have nothing to measure it with? A movie clip sets up a sky-high challenge and solves it with a falling glow stick. Scholars must take the given information and decide how high they are from the bottom. To finish, they compare their answers to the answer from the movie.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Find the answer in metric and imperial measurements
  • Discuss why they used a glow stick and not a rock
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes students know the speed things fall based on gravity
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Pros
  • Relates math to a popular movie
  • Introduces a rarely used survival skill
Cons
  • None