In the present day, all the different units we use for measurement are standardized. Every person knows precisely the length of a foot, or a meter, or an inch, or a centimeter. Of course, we do not all use the same system, but within any structure of measurement, we all concur on what each unit represents.
In this project, much of the learning responsibility is placed on the student. The driving question is open ended enough that several answers and perspectives are possible. Students will be expected to conduct independent research with tools given to them and use the data to interpret the metric system from big to small.
Tremain Holloway, 2014-15 Kenan Fellow