Activity 2E: Footprints in the Sand Inquiry

By performing the lab, students will determine the effects of different variables on gait cycle by measuring and calculating the following: base of support, line of progression, and foot angle. This lab uses the materials from Footprints in the Sand.


  • Assume assigned roles to complete a given task
  • Examine the various parts of the gait cycle through an interactive lab and report their findings using charts, graphs, and simple calculations
  • Generate a hypothesis to be investigated
  • Determine accuracy of hypotheses by analyzing data collected
  • Present and support findings to the class
  • Describe how the different variables affect gait 

Gait, gait cycle, hypothesis, inquiry


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Unit Reference: 
Mo-bility: Movement by the Numbers
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 2: Walk This Sway: Assessing Movement