Popcorn Maths

In VCAL numeracy, students have been finding the volume and capacity of different 3D shapes. To help them develop their skills of estimation and approximation, they were presented with a challenge.

In the last week of Term 2 in groups, they were given two pieces of A4 paper and asked to construct two cylinders - one with the paper horizontal and one with the paper vertical. They were then asked to estimate which one had the greater volume. To test their hypothesis, they popped a packet of microwave popcorn and tested which cylinder would hold the most. They then were asked to explain their results mathematically.    

Students enjoyed completing this hands-on task and agreed that their favourite part was eating the popcorn at the end.

Mrs Jess Dixon
Mathematics Teacher

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