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What Is 6 Feet? Estimation Activities for Elementary School

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division Resource Exchange

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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Stephany Coffman-Wolph Ohio Northern University

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Dr. Stephany Coffman-Wolph is an Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University in the Department of Electrical, Computer Engineering, and Computer Science (ECCS). Research interests include: Artificial Intelligence, Fuzzy Logic, Game Theory, Teaching Computer Science, STEM Outreach, Increasing diversity in STEM (women and first generation), and Software Engineering.

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Kimberlyn Gray West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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Dr. Kimberlyn Gray is an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in the department of Chemical Engineering. She coordinated STEM outreach for the Leonard C. Nelson College of Engineering and Sciences.

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This hands-on activity is aimed to help 3rd and 4th grade students practice their estimation skills and arithmetic through relevant but age appropriate topic. Using objects around a classroom or at home, students can practice estimating 6 feet. The students also practice using a ruler to measure and techniques to estimate (i.e., how many steps or length of my arms are needed for 6 feet). This activity would work well in-person with social distancing or online. The lesson materials are all inclusive: worksheets, other ways to practice estimation, teacher scripts, videos for the students, FAQs, and additional outside resources.

Coffman-Wolph, S., & Gray, K. (2021, July), What Is 6 Feet? Estimation Activities for Elementary School Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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