BY Samantha Flynn
Barnstable Intermediate School
How can I design a carnival game that will raise money for a need in our community that I am passionate about?
How can I use seventh grade mathematics to build and analyze a carnival game that will attract players and also raise money?
In class we will play several games, determine the likelihood of winning and losing and gather data to analyze outcomes. You can mimic these games or change them slightly to design your carnival game.
We will use Classroom Currency and each game will be $1 to play. You will receive $50 in prize money from our Classroom Currency to pay out to winners. Your goal is to be the most profitable game. We will need to use our knowledge of equations, expressions, ratios and proportions to analyze the success of our games.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
Students will be assessed throughout the course of the project using a variety of assessment forms. Sometimes students will be asked open ended questions, close ended questions, skill based questions, etc. and given a timeline to complete. Each game phase focuses on different standards and the assessments will be designed to meet those standards. Students will have several practice days to run their games with their peers. Then, they will choose a game to set up for the official Carnival Day. A successful game is one where the students can analyze the probabilities, profits, measurements and success of their game.
Benefit to the students and the school
Each group will be able to use the money that we earn from the Carnival Day to donate towards a need in the community. These needs should be related to their passions.
Examples of needs:
Youth sports teams
Promoting reading in schools and libraries
Public transportation access
Entertainment for retired folk
Clean water supplies
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
The Carnival Day is projected to be in March. However, we need many practice Mini-Carnival Days that to prepare for that day.