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Designing the Perfect Roller Coaster

on April 16, 2013

2nd grade students continued their study of physics today with an exciting roller coaster challenge.  I had the students use inulation tubing to design a number of different roller coasters.  First they had to get the marble into a cup.  Students then tried to make a loop that allowed the marble to travel successfully to the bucket.  Students then tried to create a double loop.  Out students were sucessful today in making a variety of different roller coasters.

students recognized:

a hill can help slow down a marble

a large hoop will not work correctly, as the marble does not have enough energy to make it around the loop

Too speed up the marble, just make the height of the drop higher

When doing a double loop, the first loop is higher than the second loop

nice work today, second graders!

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