The 7th graders studied data from the school water fountain about the amount of 20 oz bottles have been saved. Students studied trends, predicted daily amount saved, and challenged the student body to analyze a graph to predict amount saved by 5/31/22. The students will recommend how many 20 ounce bottles should be saved if the school body considered their Healthy in terms of water consumption.
By: 7th Graders, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School
Teacher: Charlene Jones, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, Detroit
Theme: Stormwater and Watershed Education
Super impressed that you are using your knowledge of math and science in such important and authentic ways! This is real world!!
What a great project all around! I really enjoyed how thoughtful you were in making sure students in lower grades could participate with your project as well. I also loved how you broke your patterns up into the obvious and not-so-obvious ones – very intuitive.
Good luck on the 31st! May the predictive force be with you.
I am very excited that my predicted number falls in between the range you all are hypothesizing! I hope you came up with a good prize for a Principal! 🙂 Seriously, though, I have been watching how hard you all have been working on this and, you are right, there were many components you had to consider and you all showed an impressive amount of teamwork. For the ideas to include the younger students, whose idea was that? And how do you see this work continuing? Should we graph this again next year to see what we can learn from two years in a row? Maybe next year, you all can teach the current 6th graders how to create the graph and continue the work.
Love this project idea, we have water bottle refill stations at our school too! I think it’s a great idea to make it a competition and see who is able to calculate the closest prediction.
Great use of mathematics to make predictions – I like that you checked the amounts daily and wonder how your calculations would be different if you collected the data once each month. I’m also curious, now that it’s May, how close your calculations came to the actual amount!
When you visited other classes were you just talking about the project? Or encouraging students to use the refill station more often?