This is another awesome project that I borrowed from NCTM's illuminations. Great site for projects and activities!
I use this activity when I teach line of best fit. My students always enjoy it!
In the past I have used Barbie Bungee as a project but I decided to use it this year as a closing when teaching lines of best fit. I believe I counted it as a quiz since the packet was comprehensive.
On Monday, my class had a quiz that I knew we would have about 15 minutes afterward that would be perfect to collect the data needed. Each group of 4 brought a Barbie/action figure and measured the distance of the bungee jump with 2 rubber bands, then 4 rubber bands, and then 6, 8, 10, and 12 rubber bands. I had taped measuring tape around my classroom for students to measure on. Now, I knew groups would forgot to bring a barbie doll/action figure since it was a Monday (not real sure why I gave a quiz on a Monday but I did) and I knew we would not be using the data till the Friday of that week so groups had a few extra days to get the data in. I still made them create a barbie doll and do the trials that day and the groups who forgot brought in a Barbie Doll/action figure the next few days.
We only had 1 casualty--you will be able to see Barbie's head falling off due the impact of hitting the pavement.
These videos were taken during the launch of the Barbies.
Educator who loves math and working with students.