This summer I developed a series of problems called The Running Game. I took screenshots of my Nike+ Running app and blocked out certain information on the screen (typically distance or time) at various points on each run. The purpose of these challenges is to develop my students’ proportional reasoning and problem solving skills, and to provide them with opportunities to communicate their reasoning.
You’re welcome to use the challenges with your students. If you do, I’d love to hear what they like and dislike, and any suggestions you (or they) have for improving or expanding The Running Game. If you or anyone you know use a GPS-based running app on a smartphone (e.g., Endomondo, Nike+ Running, or RunKeeper) I’d love to have your help in generating more data. (If you’re interested in that, hit me up on Twitter: @mjfenton)
There are currently six challenges (with solutions), with more to follow. I plan to use The Running Game about once a week with my students, so I will create 40 challenges over the course of the school year.
I plan to use either this handout with my students. All the distance and time entries are blank so this one handout can be used with any of the challenges. (A less toner-intensive handout is available here. Let me know which of the two versions you or your students think is best.)
As the catalog of challenges grows, I’ll reorganize these pages. But for now, just start with the challenge for Day 1.