You Will Need
- A stopwatch
1) I would start asking your students who has a pair of both running and basketball shoes at least two weeks in advance to see what types of resources you have at your disposal. The project works best when you have 4-5 teams, each team with 1 runner.
2) After you have solidified your 4-5 runners, split up the rest of the class into teams. Each team will have 1 runner.
3) Designate a track or field to run.
4) Create a Project Paper For Each Team (See below)
Project Worksheet For Each Team:
The types of questions you ask will be dependent on the skill-set/grade-level of your students. I will give you a rough idea of the type of worksheet I would create but you may need to critique it for your students.
Names Of Students In Team______________________________________________
Weight of Basketball Shoe______________ (can be found online or by using a scale)
Weight of Running Shoe ________________ (can be found online or by using a scale)
What is The Difference Between The Weights of Both Shoes_____________________
What is The % Difference Between The Weights of Both Shoes___________________
Time For Lap One Basketball Shoes___________________________________
Time For Lap Two Running Shoes_____________________________________
Difference Between Two Running Times_______________________________
Percentage Difference Between Two Running Times______________________
Would you say the running shoes have a significant impact on a runners speed?
If not, why might runners still decide to purchase a running shoe over a basketball shoe?
Back In The Classroom:
Now that your students are tired of running and screaming it is a good time to go over the results from each team. Compare the percentage differences of each team; both of the running time as well as the weights of the two shoes. If you would like, write the statistics on the board and have your students calculate the averages of all the teams.
Discuss the last two questions that were posed to the students and ask how marketing plays a role in selling shoes. You may also want to ask the runners which shoe felt more comfortable while running or they thought the times would be different if they were running a longer race?
1) Given the percentage difference in the two running times, how much time would a runner save on their 8:13 mile if they were to use these running shoes as opposed to the basketball shoes they used?
2) Would you pay $113 for these shoes? Yes No