High Tech Hot Potato

Grade Levels: 2-12 | Duration: 15-20 minutes

In this twist on the classic party game, the “hot potato” is a DIY container for your smartphone to keep it as still (and safe!) as possible. After designing your “hot potato,” load your phone and record the motion detected by the phone’s accelerometers while it’s passed around. Work as a team to analyze the graphs and reduce the amount of motion detected.

Grade Levels: 2-12

Duration: 15-20 minutes

Concepts/Skills: Data literacy, forming hypotheses, experimentation, defining and testing variables

Objectives: Students will:

  • Build a DIY “Hot Potato” which will will hold and protect a smartphone.
  • Play High Tech Hot Potato
  • Work as a team to analyze graphs and reduce the amount of motion detected by your "hot potato."