Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)

Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
Mini Golf Course - STEM Project (Mass, Diameter, Force, Friction & Electricity)
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This is a lengthy project that covers many science topics/concepts. Students will start by engineering a miniature golf course cut out of cardboard. They have specific constraints about the design and theme requirements for their course. This will require them to calculate volume for several different things such as walls, bridges, tunnels, obstacles, etc. Then, they will look at the difference in mass and diameter between a marble and a golf ball. Using everyday items they will attempt to turn a marble into a golf ball focusing on its mass, diameter and texture as well. Then, they need to determine what covering they want for their golf course. They will test the speed of their golf ball on various materials such as felt, newspaper, aluminum foil, etc. This will get them thinking about force and friction. Based on that data they will pick and attach the covering for their golf course. Finally, we will create an electrical aspect to our course. We will turn our golf course hole cup into a pressure plate. Meaning, once the ball gets into the cup, a light or buzzer will go off. I have students use the instructions from the Makezine website: https://makezine.com/projects/use-a-diy-pressure-plate-switch-to-automate-your-haunted-house/ on how to create a pressure plate. The website is listed in the document but I do not claim ownership on the website instructions, hence why I am referencing them here. Finally, as a class, we will play golf on each others' golf courses. That makes the task not only educational but meaningful as well.
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