Created by GTE Fellows Stacey Lynn Baxter Rienstra and Stephen Simmons for GirlTECH '95 I M SMART LESSON PLAN

# I M SMART Lesson 7

### Tour De Texas

#### Science Objective:

To be able to estimate and use measuring devices to determine distances between two points.

#### Mathematics Objective:

To be able to evaluate distances of points and to use proportions to evaluate problems involving scale drawings.

#### Review:

• Legend Evaluations*
• Metric System*
• Proper Use of Metric Ruler*

#### Instructions:

Students will be given a budget and will be assigned a specified alternative-fuel vehicle. They will be given a starting point and will need to arrive in a designated finish point within 72 hours. Students will research their specific alternative-fuel choices by accessing the Alternative Fuels Data Center. Students will direct all topical questions on their specific alternative-fuel choice to the The National Alternative Fuel Hotline.

Students will plan their Tour De Texas within each design team to accomodate all participants. Travel logs will be kept to depict their simulated experiences. Students will travel in virtual reality via Internet World Wide Web Resources. Students must plan their trip carefully so as to pass several alternative-fuel refueling sites. Students will also be required to visit several tourist attractions of their own choosing via the Texas Travel Information Center.

#### Science Connection:

Students will estimate and measure distances. They will record data and keep logs of places visited, refueling stops, and total time spent traveling.

#### Mathematics Connection:

Students will be able to use proportional applications to determine actual distances traveled. Computational applications will be used to determine money spent on fuel, activities, and the amount of actual fuel expended.

#### Evaluation:

Portfolio assessment will be used to evaluate design teams.
• Computational Accuracy
• Proper use of Scientific Method
• Clarity of Presentation
• Group Dynamics
• Organization
• Creativity

The IM SMART project, and particularly Mr. Simmons and Ms. Rienstra have received valuable assistance in the implementation of publishing these lessons on the World Wide Web from GirlTECH , a program of the Center for Research on Parrallel Computation at Rice University. Financial assistance has been provided by GTE Corporation through the GTE Growth Initiatives for Teachers (GIFT) Grant, Toyota Motor Sales USA through the Toyota TAPESTRY Grant, and The Texas General Land Office & H.E.B. Grocery's Environmental Challenge.

Stephen Simmons
ssimmons@cs.rice.edu