Real-World Ratio and Rate Reasoning: How to Power the Skate Park

This Real-World Ratio and Rate Reasoning: How to Power the Skate Park interactive also includes:

Bring on the lights! Using an interactive, characters try to figure out how to light a skate park by examining area and ratios to determine the number of solar panels needed to power them. Pupils design a house with a roof to hold solar panels and figure out how long it will take to charge the batteries needed to illuminate the park.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Borrow a solar cell from the science department and demonstrate how it will light a small light bulb
Classroom Considerations

  • Each small group needs access to a computer
  • The interactive requires individuals to have a free PBS account to record their answers
  • Serves as one part of the larger Math at the Core: Ratios series
Pros

  • Includes a way for pupils to record answers to questions as they work through the interactive
  • Contains suggestions for the length of time for each part of the activity
Cons

  • None