Q: For the velocity calculation, are we using the distance of the Zipline (the hypoteneuse of the triangle) and the base distance?
A: Yes, we are using the distance of the zipline (hypotenuse of the triangle). For the velocity calculation on the test (for 4th & 5th graders), we will provide the distance (in meters) and run time, and the students will be expected to calculate the average velocity. The kids are not expected to know trigonometry (e.g., they will not have to calculate the hypotenuse given the width / height of the triangle).
We will provide all the triangle dimensions for the physical zipline setup (in both meters and feet), but the kids will not be expected to do any calculations in the building phase.