What if the second hill on a coaster was taller than the first? Would it work?
So I designed a rotating station task card set.
We had 8 stations! Two involved reading and answering questions:
One task used a website about roller coasters (which was very cool). It shows the kinetic and potential energy along the coaster track:
Click on the picture to go to the roller coaster website!
Another used a car track and marble:
to be honest
Friction Lab day was not what I expected. We learned a lot, but it has pretty much nothing to do with roller coasters.
The only thing that saved me on this one was:
ROLLER COASTER DAY!
I gave each team THREE tubes and a roll of tape and a little marble and off they went to create these:
They had to have a loop and at least three hills. We built and re-built and tested and re-built and finally presented our masterpieces!
It was quite spectacular.
About two days after we finished I found a bag of giant marbles that would have been perfect.
On a good note, the tubes are now stored nicely in the giant box and waiting for next year!