Have students find the best method of sorting a group of unknown weights to teach them about sorting algorithms.

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  • Fill 8 film canisters (or any other small container) with different amounts of sand and mix up their order. Give these and a set of balance scales to students.
    • Have students sort the weights in order from lightest to heaviest and describe the algorithm they used to do so.
  • For more information, check out the CS Unplugged Sorting Algorithms Activity!