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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
13 reviews for this class
Completed by 47 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 1 week
year olds
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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Class Experience

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.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
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
Lives in the United States
Experienced Science Educator
522 total reviews
592 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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