Education Technology

Beating Hearts

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students' will use a heart rate monitor to measure their heart rate in beats per minute (BPM) while they exercise. They will understand the effect of exercise on heart rate and learn how to measure differences in heart rate.

Before the Activity

  • Plug heart rate monitor to Channel 1 in the CBL 2™ use DIN adapter if necessary
  • Download DataMate™ program using the TI-GRAPH LINK™ or the TI Connect™ software
  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print pages 123 - 129 from the attached PDF file for your class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to your class

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Collect any exercise equipment you will use, such as a jump rope
  • Attach the ear clip to the person you are testing
  • Collect the data for the person at rest
  • Collect the data for the person while he/she exercises and find the person's average heart rate for each exercise
  • Repeat the procedure for the remaining exercises ensuring that the person's heart rate returns to normal prior to starting a new exercise
  • Record the average heart rate data for each exercise in a list
  • Graph the data and compare the differences in heart rate
  • After the Activity

    Students' will complete Student Data Collection and Analysis Sheet.

    Review student results

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary