This is a monster of a project!! It has an AWESOME end product. Ideal if your school does an exhibition night at the end of the year. This project does take a LOOOOONG time so make sure you schedule part of it (the building part) over spring break. I had someone come to the school and cut out all the boards using a skill saw, but it might be easier if your school has a wood shop.
1. Design a mini golf hole using conic sections on Geogebra (free software)
2. Re-create on butcher paper by graphing
3. Trace onto wood to create Mini Golf hole
4. Write up including conjectures and conclusions about the mini golf hole
Things you will need donated or to buy, or that the students will need to provide:
- Thin wood or foam core in the size you want the mini golf holes to be
- Geogebra (www.geogebra.org)
- A skill saw
- Garden edging, cardboard, or something similar to line the outside of the mini golf holes
- Carpet if you want more texture on the bottom, if not, paint.
- Golf clubs (look at the thrift store)
- Golf balls (look at the thrift store)
* Summary sheet to post or give to students with a sample geogebra sketch
* Student packet:
- Due date cover page
- Project planning calendar and group contact sheet
- Project description (4 pages, very in depth)
- Student or group grade sheet
** NEW **
* Student work sample images:
- Geogebra sketch sample images (2)
- Student process images (4)
- Final product images (4)
I used a generic project rubric that our school used for grading.
You can have students do this project individually or in a group, I've seen success with both. The essay part takes FOREVER. I feel it is necessary to be sure students actually understand what they are doing, but I don't always require it if there isn't time at the end of the year.
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