8th Grade Explorers Attempt to Escape the Tomb - Jewish Day School

8th Grade Explorers Attempt to Escape the Tomb


Fall 2016: 8th Grade Math Explorers in HaMorah Andrea's Algebra classes spent the week trying to escape a "tomb". The goal was to balance a pair of baskets suspended at different heights in order to escape the dark cave. Students used their knowledge of x-y tables, graphing and algebraic rules to model the distance from the floor of each basket as more weight was added. This led them to discover when the baskets would be equal heights. Excellent communication skills were practiced as team mates worked together and debated on their results. Luckily, every explorer made it out of the cave safely.