Happy Feet

Our physical environments, the places we live, our social interactions, impact on earth and our online activity is immersed and meshed together on a daily basis. Whether we're sharing content about ourselves in social media or walking to school using footwear that has a limited life span we are creating a footprint of our lives.

What's your Footprint in 2018?

Your task is to create a visual representation of your footprint in 2018 and to consider the social, environmental and/ or physical impacts of your actions.

You need to include the following;

  • A brainstorm
  • At least one quantitative component
  • At least one qualitative component


The Foot


The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. Leonardo da Vinci

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Qualitative analysis

  • Video recording or observation.
  • Data movement pattern representations, such as graphs , focusing on patterns,
  • A plotted graph using Google Maps
  • A mathematical formula
  • A survey

Quantitative analysis

• Image-based motion analysis, video footage

• Examples of footprint movement patterns in games, artificial intelligence or computer simulation modelling

• Quotes or anecdotes related to footprints

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Task: Physical foot journey


Measure your stride length when walking normally and then when you are running


Calculate how many times your left foot would touch the ground if you were to walk home from school

Use Google Maps to plot your route

Hint to calculate you will need to convert your stride length into meters and then times it by the distance in kilometers


Extension activity. Re calculate how many steps you would take by taking one public transport option

To measure your walking stride length:

  1. Go to a track or some place where you're sure of the distance.
  2. Count your steps as you walk across that distance, making sure you travel at least 20 steps.
  3. Divide the total distance (in feet) taken by the number of steps to get your stride length.