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Grades 612. Explore roller coaster physics for a hands-on experience in energy transformation. Teams evaluate the descent of a sphere through loops, turns, and hills on a foam insulation track, then extend that knowledge to engineer the best structure for the class challenges of highest hill, largest loop, or max velocity.
Grades 612. Unleash Newton's laws as thrill-seeking design teams explore roller coaster physics for a hands-on experience in energy transformation. Teams evaluate the descent of a small sphere (wood, glass, or steel) through loops, turns, and hills on a foam insulation track, then extend that knowledge to engineer the best structure for the class challenges of highest hill, largest loop, or maximum velocity. Use this engaging engineering activity to explain the forces behind the funpotential and kinetic energy, energy conservation, acceleration, and laws of motion. Materials support 10 design teams. Each piece of foam pipe insulation is cut in half lengthwise, yielding thirty 6-ft track pieces per kit. Final size of the roller coaster will vary, depending on how students design and build the roller coaster to meet the goals of the challenge. Includes instructions.
|Foam Pipe Insulation, 6 ft long||15||Included|
|Teacher's Manual and Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Ring Stands||10||Needed, Not included|
|Metersticks||10||Needed, Not included|
|Stopwatches||10||Needed, Not included|
|Cups||10||Needed, Not included|
|Utility Knife||1||Needed, Not included|
|Scissors||Needed, Not included|
|Boxes of Various Sizes (optional)||Needed, Not included|
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Easily integrate exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities into any physical science curriculum with Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits. They engage and inspire students with fun real-world design challenges in an exciting tournament-style format.
Hands-on activities center on engineering concepts and practices from the Next Generation Science Standards. Design teams design, build, test, and modify their prototypes to provide an innovative solution to the class challenge. These activities strengthen students’ critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills, while encouraging creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.
Designed with ease of use in mind, Carolina STEM Challenge® Physical Science Series kits have the materials and information needed for classroom success:
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