
Polaroid Geometry Scavenger Hunt
Posted:
Jul 15, 1996 6:48 PM


We stopped work around 4 today for a shared activity led by Ruth Caver. She broke us up into 5 groups, and explained that we'd be going on a scavernger hunt. Each group would get a polaroid camera loaded with enough film for 10 pictures, a list of geometric items to find outside, and half an hour. There were 16 catergories, and we could submit no more than 1 picture per category. Within each category, there were items worth 1 point, 2 points, and 3 pointsand the score was doubled if we could find the items occuring naturally. My groups was delighted with our first findthe veins on a plant growing in the courtyard were rays which bisected complementary angles6 points. We spent a lot of time trying to find other items as good, and and just made it back in time for our deadline. We thought we'd done pretty well with 28 points, but another group had 42. Then Ruth gave each group a peice of posterboard, a gluestick, and an extensive list of geometry terms. Each group would get a point for every word it could use in describing it's pictures (Only the first usage counted). We made up some ground here, using 80 words, like besector, obtuse, quadrilateral, etc. Unfortunately for our competitive aspirations, another group managed to use 125 words. And so we came in second overall.

