The Roller Challenge by L2C is part of a series of activities that you can use for fun competition in your classroom. The Learn to Connect STEM Challenge series can be integrated into your instruction, implemented for fun end of the week activities, made part of a science club or used without the points and competition to engage your students in curriculum.
In this STEM activity the students will build background on roller coasters by watching a video on the types of energy in roller coasters, exploring kinetic and potential energy and doing some practice calculations. The class will then break into teams to fix a broken roller coaster by designing and building a new exciting roller coaster. Finally, scale models that include data of the students’ solutions and new roller coaster design will be evaluated. You can make this aspect of the lesson competitive with the STEM Challenge Points or just allow the kids to enjoy the engagement and fun.
This activity is three hours of engagement and problem solving that can be done all in one day or broken into 3 to 4 classes. The materials that are required for this lesson are simple. All you need is pipe insulation for track and marbles. This activity includes a 6 page lesson aligned to the National Next Generation Science Standards along with pictures to make the activity even more clear. It also includes a 4 page Student Investigation Packet that will guide students thought the activity. Finally there are two versions of a Power Point so you can guide the whole group. One power point can be edited to meet your classroom's needs, while the other is in pdf format.
The Learn to Connect STEM Challenge brings science alive with fun, competition and real world application!