Slow Coaster

Slow Coaster
Posted on 12/16/2016
Slow CoasterThe Slow-Coaster Engineering project requires students to critically think through how a rollercoaster works and why certain rollercoasters are stable and others are not by designing and testing different styles. As an added challenge their coaster had to keep a marble rolling for as long as possible. This required them to determine which designs are most efficient while also analyzing the relationship between distance, angle, and several other variables. This project incorporates math, physics, construction, critical thinking and enough fun to provide the perfect engineering challenge that the students really enjoy!

The students had 4 hours, ~100 popsicle sticks, 1 roll of tape, 3 hot glue sticks, and 20 pieces of paper to create a “Slow Coaster” (some groups brought extra approved supplies). The object was to create a roller-coaster that would keep a marble rolling for as long as possible.

 

 

Click here for photos of the student's creations.