Since schools have closed across the country and world, parents and teachers are looking for learning activities that students can do at home. So I’m posting an easy experiment for Grades 3-6 that uses HEXBUGs, popular robot toys, to explore why we’re doing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. This activity could be modified for other grade levels. For instance, you could add in more replicates of each “treatment group” (number of robots), and then have students calculate and plot the means of each treatment group. Or you could have them use a line to predict how many contacts would occur for 10 or 20 robots—more than they probably own. Have fun!
ContactRateLab_K-12 <-PDF link