Pedestrian Safety for Students

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Lesson 1:
Part 1.
The New York Times Article

Introduction and Goals
Lesson 1:
Part 1
The N.Y. Times Article
Lesson 1:
Part 2

Dr. Renshaw's Presentation
Lesson 2: The Scientific Method
Lesson 3:
Our Research
Lesson 4: The Walkable Studies
Lesson 5: Collating the Data-Using Excel
Lesson 6:
Our Projects
Helpful Websites
The Internet has given us access to Primary Sources . . .
On October 29, 2002, The New York Times ran this story about the dangers faced by many our students, "Safety: Another Problem with Poverty." According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, "Pedestrian injury is second only to cancer as the leading cause of death in children between five and nine years of age. A study in New Haven, Connecticut, however, reveals that many childhood pedestrian injuries can be prevented. Orthopedic surgeons are using this study to suggest ways to prevent such injuries." How can we educate our students to stay safe? My class went straight to the source. . . . We used the Internet to search for this doctor who is head of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale Medical School. We not only found his website but his e-mail address too! We were all surprised when Dr. Renshaw answered our inquiries immediately and took an active role in helping us to track down additional information. This correspondence changed the direction of this unit. What had begun as a simple science lesson on Force and Motion was taking on real life applications. We agreed that our school neighborhood met many of the criteria of being at risk; high density housing, traffic congestion and a lack of safe places to play. Many of the students knew of children who had been in traffic accidents. The Question: Could our class have any effect on pedestrian safety? Below is a copy of the actual article that appeared in the New York Times. I suggest that you read it first and then proceed to the next page for further information on
Dr. Renshaw's Presentation .

The New York Times, October 29, 2002.