Rollercoaster Marble Challenge

Rollercoaster Marble Challenge
Posted on 11/30/2017
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ILMS 6th graders are learning about expending energy in a series of exciting extension activities. 
They recently conducted Rollercoaster Marble Challenge, where students used different sized marbles and a piece of foam tubing in Christina Fullerton and Chris Anders' science classes.
Fullerton said, "This is the best extension activity. All the students are engaged to see what succeeds and what does not!"
The students worked in teams to experiment with potential and kinetic energy. They were challenged to figure out how to send the small marbles and large marbles over hills and through loops in the tubing with out ever leaving the surface of the tube. Then they had to demonstrate their solutions to the instructors and explain why those scenarios worked.