As a team students will build a 3-D maze in which a marble enters the box, travels through tunnels, and exits the box in a different location. The marble cannot be seen rolling through the maze. Completing the maze should rely on sound and feel of the marble rolling.
Teams will then collect data by having peers play their maze and timing how long it takes to complete it. After data collection, students will plot data on a dot plot, create a box-and-whisker graph, and create a scale drawing of their maze.
I asked faculty for donations for supplies and students brought in their own.
This was a great assignment at the end of the year to review concepts we covered throughout the year. Coordinate with the science teacher to make this interdisciplinary!
Student examples and rubric included.
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