Roller Coaster Run

ByStrawbees

Play with gravity and the forces at work on a roller coaster. Build the tracks and structure of a coaster using Strawbees straws and connectors. Then test the design with a ball to build potential energy and release kinetic energy. Explore how different iterations of the coaster structures will affect the success of the ball reaching the end.

  • NGSS
    4-PS3-1 - Energy
    4
    Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
    5-PS2-1 - Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    5
    Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.
    MS-PS2-2 - Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    6,7,8
    Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
    MS-PS3-2 - Energy
    6,7,8
    Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.
    MS-PS3-5 - Energy
    6,7,8
    Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.
    3-5-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
    3-5-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
    3-5-ETS1-3 - Engineering Design
    3,4,5
    Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
    MS-ETS1-1 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
    MS-ETS1-2 - Engineering Design
    6,7,8
    Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • STEAM Classroom
Age range
9-14+
Duration
45m
Grades:
United States 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Topics
Energy
Engineering Design
Forces
Gravity
Assets
  • Student Journal

Roller Coaster Run

Roller Coaster Run