Reflection: Day 2: Roller Coaster Engineering Challenge - Section 3: Explore


At the end of today's lesson, I notice that many students have a Wiggly Support as the support legs are not creased all the way and are not taped down at a 90 degree angle.

Knowing that this will impact the overall development of their roller coaster models, I take the time after this lesson to construct my own roller coaster model: Teacher Model. I include one wiggly support in my design so that I can ask students to suggest solutions tomorrow.

By constructing a teacher model and bringing common failure points to students' attention, I will be encouraging students to meet higher expectations for this project. The quality of supports and attention to detail will double between the first lesson on supports and the second lesson on supports! 

  Developing Scientific Models
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Day 2: Roller Coaster Engineering Challenge

Unit 1: Gravity
Lesson 11 of 19

Objective: SWBAT use the Engineering Method to design a paper roller coaster.

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will learn about the Roller Coaster Engineering Challenge, such as the constraints and criteria for success. Students will also begin building supports for their marble roller coaster model.

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Science, engineering, roller coasters, engineering method
  60 minutes
student making a support
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