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Dance Diagram

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    American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Dance Diagram

Teams of learners use a series of stick figures made from pipe cleaners to model a dance routine. Then, they use this model to communicate to another learner who performs the dance routine. This can be set up as a game, or a contest to see what teams can get the dance routine correct the fastest. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Bug Blaster game after they've completed several activities.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pipe cleaners
  • A stopwatch
  • Pen
  • Paper


  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Model Building
  • Performing Arts
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • All Rights Reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation


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