In this assessment students are asked to find the length of a hypothetical zipline from one building to another in the school. In order to do this they will need to create a clinometer out of a protractor, which can be used to measure the angle between eye level and the top of a building. Those measurements can then be used to find the height of the building through the use of trigonometric ratios. This assessment only works in the specific place-based context where there are two buildings (with one being relatively taller than the other) available and in relatively close proximity to each other. Using a clinometer and measuring tape/trundle wheels students will be able to make the needed measurements of the building heights and the distance between them. You will need to teach students how to create and use a clinometer ahead of time.

Math Concepts:
trigonometric ratios
Pythagoras' Theorem
measure
clinometer
trundle wheel
protractor
trigonometry

MYP Related Concepts:
models
space

MYP Key Concepts:
time

MYP Global Context:
Orientation in Space and Time