Reflection: Day 8: Finalizing Roller Coaster Prototypes - Section 2: Explore


This is the perfect science project to provide students with diverse entry points! After showing students the following video yesterday of a teacher who created an elevator for his paper roller coaster, many students were inspired to take their design one step further. 

One student completed his roller coaster and began designing a roller coaster for two marbles: Designing for Two Marbles Part 1. I was so impressed that he came up with his own type of elevator! Here, he tests the elevator and finds that improvements need to be made: Designing for Two Marbles Part 2. By the end of today's lesson, he seemed a bit defeated. I sure hope he continues testing and improving this feature over the weekend! Either way, I was happy to see that he was appropriately challenged during this activity! 

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Day 8: Finalizing Roller Coaster Prototypes

Unit 1: Gravity
Lesson 17 of 19

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

Big Idea: In this lesson, students will finish engineering their roller coaster models by testing, identifying failure points, making improvements, adding on components, and taking away components.

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Science, engineering, roller coasters, engineering method
  90 minutes
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