A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics

A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
A Paper Roller Coaster - PE and KE Project Physics
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I developed this project when I was tired of the typical PE/Work lab where students climb the stairs. It's my best selling item for a reason. It's fun for students, the only real cost is for masking tape, and it's easy to grade. :) Depending on your schedule, it can fill 2-5 class periods.

Students use paper book covers, paper bags, paper plates, cereal boxes, etc. to build a working roller coaster that will keep a car (marble) inside for at least 8.0 s. They calculate PE, expected KE, actual KE and energy lost.

The bundled materials include a lesson, an online simulation, a student handout and a grading rubric.

The teacher materials include some photos of successful projects.

Keywords: project, potential energy, kinetic energy, coefficient of friction, clothoid loop, joule, mass, newton, conversion, project, physics, engineering, gifted, talented, GTE, GATE, STEM, design, challenge


Paper Rollercoaster Project is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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9 pages
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Rubric only
Teaching Duration
3 days
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