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DIY Science - Marble Roller Coasters & Physics
In this class, we will make roller coasters from household materials, then use them to learn about physics - kinetic/potential energy, speed, velocity, and acceleration.
Ashley McLaurin, BS Biology
522 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 47 learners
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Twice per week
over 1 week
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a "Multi-Day" course work?
Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
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We are going to have so much fun making roller coasters from household items. I will be making my roller coaster with mainly cardboard and cardstock, but you can use any materials you have available. Class 1, we will spend time learning basic physics concepts that determine how our marble will behave in our homemade roller coasters, such as potential energy, kinetic energy, force, speed, acceleration, and more. Then we will work together on ideas for our roller coasters and sketch out or...
Apply scientific ideas or principles to design, construct, and test a design of a system (roller coaster). Understand concepts such as potential/kinetic energy, energy transformation, speed, velocity, and acceleration. Calculate speed, velocity, acceleration, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Roller Coaster worktime.
Class 1: Household building materials such as cardboard, paper, cardstock, foam tubes, tape, glue, etc. Also, paper and pencil. Class 2: Bring your roller coasters! You will need a ruler or measuring tape, timer (this could be on the phone), pencil, paper, and optional calculator. Note sheets added on Sundays.
Formative: Frequent questions and prompts to engage in discussion and determine the level of understanding. Summative: Quiz with an answer key provided at the end of class.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Ashley McLaurin, BS Biology
Experienced Science Educator
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
522 total reviews
592 completed classes
Hi, and thank you for stopping to look into my courses! I am excited to share that this is my 11th year of teaching! I live in Indiana with my husband, son, and dog. I hold a bachelor's degree in biology, a Texas teaching certificate, and an...