Tuesday, 2 March 2010


Asked the kids today what the biggest ever game of dodgeball was.

Took some bets.

Answer? 1200 people, this year in Canada.
Showed them this video:

Talked about assumptions (600 per side?) and then showed them a photo of our gym.
Could we do it in there?

W. asks: is our gym the same size?
Someone tells him not to be stupid, theirs has 2 indoor courts, ours only has 1.

One asks if for the sizes.
Showed them the measurements of the butterdome vs our gym (it should be said that i pretty much made these up based on the measurements of two 5-a-side football pitches).

Kids noticed that the area of our gym is roughly 20 x smaller, so assumed we'd be able to 1200/20 = 60 people in.

C.: But sir, we have like, 80 people in there sometimes for PE.

At this point, i think i'm done, let them run with it.

Some worked out that the record breaking attempt allows for about 8sq metres per player.
Some worked out that there'd be less than 1 player per sq metre.

Question: if we wanted to fit 1200 people in our gym, how many would we need to get in every square metre?

2.5 people per sq metre seems do able - we mark out a square on the floor and try it.

Kids reckon we can fit more in, so we spend a minute seeing how many we can fit in without falling over.

A few point out that we could do this, but it'd be ridiculous - no one wants to be that squashed.

So in pairs we mark out our comfort zones on the floor, and work out the area we'd be happy with.

I pair up with J. and we reckon we'd be ok with about 0.4 sq metres.

We then average this out (it comes to about 0.3 sq metres, apparently i have a bigger social bubble than the kids!) and say, right, if we give everyone this,
how many can we fit in the gym?

Still about 1600 - we could hammer this record, which i sent the guys off to their next lesson (PE) to discuss.

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