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I do this experiment after our force and motion unit is taught. Students apply their knowledge of these concepts and run several “trials” to determine which force and surface will make their dragon “fly” the farthest. I used coffee sleeves as the “dragon”. I just cut one side of the sleeve open, and students drew wings on the coffee sleeve itself. The thin cardboard of the coffee sleeve provided great durability, but I think that you could also use some cardstock. To set up each trial, students will use a yardstick as their “ramp”. The “dragon” (coffee sleeve) should be open at the end of the yardstick, then students will release the different forces (bouncy ball, ping pong ball, and marble). They will use a tape measure or ruler to measure the distance their dragon “flew”, and then record their answer on the table. For the friction trial, they will do the exact same thing, but they will change out the surfaces at the end of the yard stick with foil, wax paper, copy paper, and sandpaper. My students LOVE this experiment.