Diving into Data: Human Athletes vs. Animals


*This course is intended for lower elementary students


Class Schedule

Thursdays 4:00-4:50 pm PST

April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30


Note: Classes are listed in PST, click below to convert time to your time zone.

Course Overview

What do Florence Joyner, Kobe Bryant, Michael Phelps, Simone Biles, cheetahs, caracals, and flying squirrels, have in common? They’re all super athletes! In this course we’ll dive into different human athletes, and the animals that compete or outshine them. We’ll utilize mathematics to learn about speed, distance, statistics, and how to compare data between animals and human athletes. Each week we’ll learn about a new record holder, explore different sports, compare animals, statistics, and physiology. Join us while we explore fast swimmers, high jumpers, strength, and utilize data to compare human record breakers with animal counterparts!

Student Outcomes: 

  • Develop a mathematical understanding of basic statistics and physics principles, and utilize data to make comparing and contrasting statements
  • Explore human record holders in various sports
  • Compare and contrast human and animal physiology to identify what makes humans and animals excel at different sports

Student Experience

Pattern Seeker




Your Teacher: Lindsey Roberts

Lindsey Roberts has worked as a teacher in California for over 8 years. She has a Bachelor’s in Zoology from Colorado State University, a background in marine biology, and a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of San Francisco. Her experience spans from working with animals, conducting scientific research, and classroom teaching at a public charter school in grades k-8. She has a passion for science, math, and fostering curiosity.  She has taught a wide range of ability levels including gifted students. Lindsey enjoys creating project based learning units connecting multiple subject matters in a way for students to better understand. In addition to working at Cresconova, she currently operates Rooted in STEM Education, ( a private tutoring business. Her clients are both international and domestic and many of her current students identify as gifted. They respond to her high level of engagement and deep content knowledge. She is thrilled to share her passions of animals, science, and math with Cresconova students!