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 high schoolers for a reason. It's fun for students, the only real cost is for masking tape and or hot glue, and it's easy to grade. This product has been written for grades 5-8. Depending on your schedule, it can fill 3-5 class periods. Students discuss potential and kinetic energy, then calculate the average velocity of the marble while in the coaster and on exiting the coaster
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 6.0 s. My longest time was 22.3 seconds and it was only 1.15 m high. There are photos of finished projects in the power point presentation.
The bundled materials include a teacher lesson, an online simulation activity with a key, a grading rubric.
Keywords: project, potential energy, kinetic energy, friction, clothoid loop, joule, mass, newton, conversion, project, physics, engineering, gifted, talented, GTE, GATE, STEM, STEAM, design, challenge
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