Math Carnival at GVC!
Ms. Reimer and students from her grade 12 Essential Math class set up an actual carnival in The Zone, with a whole variety of games, to which they had invited other classes to come and play.
In the probability unit, one of the outcomes is to determine the expected gain or loss of a given situation. Another outcome is to explore theoretical probability with experimental results. Students were required to choose a carnival game, create this carnival game, and conduct a series of experiments to determine the probability of winning the various prizes for their game. Using this experimental probability, they determined the expected value to see how much money they should gain on average per person playing their game. During the carnival, they recorded how many times their game was played, and then compared how much money they made (their experimental results) with how much they expected to make (expected value based on theoretical probability). They then looked at factors that could’ve caused a difference between what they expected to make and what they actually made.
What a great example of Project-Based Learning where students are given an opportunity to dig into a theoretical concept in a creative way for an authentic audience of their peers.