Task of the Week: On large Feet
This week we would like to present the task “On a big Foot”. It is located close to the main railway station in Hamburg and is part of the trail “In and around St. Georg”.
Task: On large feet (task number: 647)
These figures are created by the contemporary German sculptor Stephan Balkenhol. I would like to know from you: What shoe size does the man have? For shoe sizes, there are four common systems worldwide. In Germany, European shoe sizes are the usual measure. They are based on the so-called “Parisian Stitch”. The stitch is a length measure with which a shoemaker specifies the length of a stitch and thus also the shoe size of the complete shoe. A French stitch or Parisian stitch is ⅔ centimeters long. The shoe last is a piece of wood, plastic or metal which is modeled on the shape of a foot and used to build a shoe. Since the feet should have some space, the length of the shoe last corresponds approximately to the foot length + 15 mm.
For the task, the pupils first measure the length of the man’s shoe and calculate the length in “stitches” so that the European shoe size can be specified. A major component of the task is the measurement and conversion of quantities. In doing so, the unity of the stitch, which should be unknown to most students, is used. It can be used from class 6 onwards. In addition, the first proportional basic ideas can be formulated for the conversion and could be a suitable transition to the proportionality and the rule of three.
The task was created by Dunja Rohenroth. She has already been able to test this task with her students and sees in this task the special advantage that the result cannot be solved by means of an internet search. The aspects of the presence and activity of the pupils are thus particularly emphasized.