This hands-on engineering project asks students to design and build a maze for a marble to flow through. The students, working in teams of 3 or 4) use their imagination and creativity to build unique mazes for this STEM challenge.
Using a cardboard soda can flat in which to build the maze, students elevate one end so the marble runs downhill. The winner is the maze that takes the longest time for the marble to complete its journey without stopping.
The emphasis is on critical thinking and being able to articulate what worked well and what could be improved upon if redesigning the maze.
The materials used in this engineering project are easy to find and inexpensive.
This package contains:
a) The Challenge Sheet (complete with instructions for the student)
b) Teacher Guide (material list, lesson breakdown and an explanation of assessment)
c) Background Information (URL link)
d) Student ‘Think’ Page (graphic organizer for the student that employs a guided thinking approach)
e) An Assessment Rubric