I teach an intro course in robotics to middles school students. I need help on how they can conclude from data that is T/F.

I encourage them to create a mini-experiment each week like how far will their car roll after going down incline plane of different angles. Then they must do a bit of mathematical analysis like a graph and y=mx+b.

But experiments are frequently a change in independent variable until a T/F result such as how high can LEGO bricks be stacked before falling. They end up with data like (F=stack not fall, T-fell): 1 brick:F, 5 bricks:F, 10 bricks:F, 15 bricks:T.

Any suggestions on how they can summarize this data into a more sophisticated conclusion? Obviously they can state that less than 15 bricks is stable. A graph doesn't really make sense. I've had them repeat to find the most accurate value, like above test 11 bricks, 14 bricks, 12 bricks, 13 bricks.

Maybe there is no better treatment than the English statement. But if there is better I'd appreciate the advice.

I encourage them to create a mini-experiment each week like how far will their car roll after going down incline plane of different angles. Then they must do a bit of mathematical analysis like a graph and y=mx+b.

But experiments are frequently a change in independent variable until a T/F result such as how high can LEGO bricks be stacked before falling. They end up with data like (F=stack not fall, T-fell): 1 brick:F, 5 bricks:F, 10 bricks:F, 15 bricks:T.

Any suggestions on how they can summarize this data into a more sophisticated conclusion? Obviously they can state that less than 15 bricks is stable. A graph doesn't really make sense. I've had them repeat to find the most accurate value, like above test 11 bricks, 14 bricks, 12 bricks, 13 bricks.

Maybe there is no better treatment than the English statement. But if there is better I'd appreciate the advice.

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