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Using Pythagorean theorem to Measure Topography Students build measuring tools from cardboard or LEGO® bricks to create an initial transportation plan for an island national park in Excel. Next, they use the Pythagorean theorem to design their road and bring their national park to life by adding topographic elements in Paint 3D.

Using Pythagorean theorem to Measure Topography

Students build measuring tools from cardboard or LEGO® bricks to create an initial transportation plan for an island national park in Excel. Next, they use the Pythagorean theorem to design their road and bring their national park to life by adding topographic elements in Paint 3D.

Project Basics

Takes 2 weeks of classroom time

Costs approximately $4.00 USD per student, excluding tools and microcontroller

Meets middle school science, technology, engineering and math standards (STEM)

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Materials developed in partnership with LEGO® Education

Instructions


A step-by-step guide for building distance and angle measuring tools. Includes templates, a list of things you need and detailed instructions.


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Customized Excel Workbook


A Customized Excel workbook that displays real-time distance and angle data from student built measuring tools. Requires the Data Streamer add-in listed below.


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Materials List


A spreadsheet with links to online resources to help you bring these projects to your classroom.


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Code for the Project


Pre-built code for your microcontroller to help you and your students visualize live data.


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Featured Partnership


We are proud to partner with LEGO® Education to hack their Simple & Powered Machines Set and are excited to share this lesson plan with you.

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Technical requirements

Data Streamer Add-in

Modernize your existing copy of Microsoft Excel with this free add-in to support real-time data streaming from your projects.

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Microsoft Excel 2016 (Desktop)

Students and teachers are eligible for free Office 365 Education, which includes online Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Arduino IDE

The free Integrated Development Environment enables you to write code that connects your project to an Arduino microcontroller.

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Windows 10

This project requires a PC running Windows 10. To update your version of Windows, click here.

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