Thirty-two students gathered for eMODE's Math Academy on Saturday, October 11, and received a scary lesson on measurement and proportions using the "skeleton" of the giant, Robert Wadlow, currently on exhibit at Seattle's Pacific Science Center. This skeletal replica is to scale, 8 feet, 11 inches, or 2.72 m tall!!!
Students are beginning a semester-long series of lessons on the origin of measurement. They are learning how body measures such as a foot, cubit, and span led to standardization of customary units of measure. However, later students will learn to use the metric system, and they are already building an understanding of the relationship of inches to centimeters (1 to 2.54).