I wanted to find a project involving quadratic functions that would fully engage my students and I immediately thought of the game Angry Birds. I looked around on the internet and found some activities but no projects that fit what I wanted. I wanted it to be similar to how the game works, involve an appropriate and manageable level of difficulty and be open enough that each student should have a unique design. So when you can’t find it, design it.
The goal of this project is to design an Angry Birds Level including the quadratic equations each of the birds follow to hit the pigs. This project deals with quadratic equations in vertex form. I used this with my Intermediate Algebra Class (lower performing algebra students) after they took their End-of-Course Exam. They seemed to understand the math involved in the project as well as enjoy the artistic aspects of the project as well. My students really seemed to get into this project and enjoy working on it, which seemed impressive to me considering we did this project at the end of May.
I have included directions, roadblocks and adjustments that I made, images to illustrate the steps, student work samples and even directions to extend this project with the Desmos graphing calculator.
Before beginning this project, students should be able to understand the characteristics of quadratic functions like vertex and axis of symmetry, be able to write an equation in vertex form using the vertex and a point on the line and understand how to approximate where to put the vertex.