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April 5, 2023 / Jackson

Jaguars host Probability Carnival

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On March 23, 7th-grade students in Mrs. Cassandra Emerson’s two pre-algebra classes hosted a Probability Carnival. All 7th-grade math students, as well as Jackson multi-needs students, were invited to attend the Carnival and play games.

“Students worked collaboratively in teams to create a carnival-based game,” said Mrs. Emerson. “During the carnival, they had to keep track of wins and losses through experimental probability,” she said. “Before the carnival began, each student had to determine what they thought the theoretical probability would be.”

Emerson said that after the carnival, the students would complete a write-up on what they thought would happen versus what happened when everyone came and played their games.

“The goal is to have students understand theoretical vs. experimental probability, and the carnival helps them put it into practice,” said Emerson. “We also love the opportunity to bring more fun into math, so that’s always a win.”

Mrs. Emerson added that her students were excited for the other classes to come and visit and work through the games. Students made sure they had prizes for everyone who played their game.

Gio Gutierrez, a 7th grader, created “Marble Guess,” where players must guess which side, right or left, more marbles will fall into. Players had to guess whether most marbles would land in the right or left box, and then drop the marbles down one of two tubes.

Gutierrez said his design began with a loose idea on paper, then he created it, “refining the concept more and more, and it all came together.” He said the most challenging part was making sure all the pieces worked in the right way after it was all assembled.

Gutierrez learned through the carnival that his results were evenly matched, as most marbles landed on the right side 19 times and 18 times on the left side.

Students who played Marble Guess received one jolly rancher for guessing the correct side. He also offered a prize of three Jolly Ranchers for getting all marbles on the side they guessed correctly. No one got all five marbles on one side after guessing that side.

Students had to not only create their game but also come up with a name for their carnival game. The games included:

Cool Target Game
Black Jack
Ball Toss
Basketball Drop
Plinko
Candy Claw
Colorful Balls
Dart Throwing Die Rolling Spinning Spinner Game (DTDRSSG)
Glass Bottles
Wacky walk
Marble Guess

Mrs. Emerson said the project was a complete success, and the students did a great job.

“I’m very proud of my students; they worked really hard,” she said. “Their creations were amazing, some of the things I could never create.”