Your perspective

This has big overtones to understanding line of sight, angles, and I suspect how some magic tricks work.

It’s a mathematics game for kids from PBS called “Point out the view“.

It’s an easy concept and yet has the potential to teach so much.  Plus, in a collaborative environment, a great opportunity for productive discussion, hypothesis generating, and problem solving.

Very simply, you’re one of the characters positioned around a collection of blocks in the middle of a room.

The camera angle is high and on an angle to make it look oh so easy.

But, your job is to position yourself at floor level and indicate what you see from your character’s point of view.  You answer by ticking off squares in the grid in the bottom right corner.  Think it’s easy?  Give it a shot and see how you score.

Could you replicate the experiment real time in class with your own blocks?


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