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Marble Roll Challenge

Details

Space: 
inside
Time: 
3-4 hours
Subject: 
English
Math
Science
Grades: 
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Key Terms: 
Marble
engineer
15-seconds
Gravity
friction
stability
Balance
craftsmanship
teamwork
Materials: 
Marbles
Cardboard
tape
cereal box cardboard
Scissors
rulers
protractors
sand paper

Lesson Overview

Teacher Overview:

You will have your class get into teams of two or three to build a marble roll track system.  The challenge is to see if you can build a track system where the marble travels from start to finish in exactly 15 seconds.  This challenge is a modification of the Dyson Marble Challenge. Click here to see the materials and videos on that challenge.

Student Summary: 

Gravity creates potential energy and your team will use that to move your marble in the marble roll challenge. Your team will research numerous designs on the internet and make a few prototypes out of cardboard, tape and  paper. The goal is to have the marble travel for exactly 15 seconds. No more, no less. Exactly 15 seconds.

Lesson Phases

Plan

What are you going to add to your challenge to reduce or add friction?
Description: 
Gravity creates potential energy. Your team will use potential energy to move your marble in this challenge.

Build and Test

What materials are you going to use? How will you get your marble roll system to stand up?
Description: 
Your team will research numerous designs on the Internet and make a few prototypes out of cardboard, tape and paper.

Iterate

Explain the iterations you made? What creates the potential energy in this challenge that gets the marble rolling?
Description: 
The goal is to have the marble travel for exactly 15 seconds. No more, no less. Exactly 15 seconds.You are allowed to use tubing, cardboard and aluminum foil. Begin experimenting with them.

15-Seconds

How many seconds did your marble roll?
Description: 
Test and see if you can roll your marble for exactly 15 seconds.

Student Video

Teacher Resources

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