Today was all about throwing! Our early human ancestors couldn't just head down to the grocery store for some food, they had to hunt it. Some time in the distant human past an early Homo sapien picked up a rock, threw it at an unsuspecting animal, and projectile hunting was born. In class we simulated early attempts at projectile hunting as well as technological advancement by throwing tennis balls, first with just our arm, then with a Chuck-It and finally a lacrosse stick. Although results varied among students. Generally the Chuck-It was the most effective throwing tool. Monday we will discuss why that is and apply it to another primitive technology that helped our ancestors become the apex predator of the pre-historic world.
Students measuring how far they threw tennis balls.