Rollercoaster Marble Challenge

Rollercoaster Marble Challenge
Posted on 01/11/2021
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ILMS 6th graders are learning about expending energy in an exciting extension activity. 
They recently conducted Rollercoaster Marble Challenge, where students used different sized marbles and a piece of foam tubing in Christina Fullerton and Nick Tucci's science classes.
The students worked in teams to experiment with potential and kinetic energy. They were challenged to figure out how to send the small marbles over hills and through loops in the tubing without ever leaving the surface of the tube. Then they had to demonstrate their solutions to the instructors and explain why those scenarios worked.