Roller Coasters Preview

The best science lessons are those that are a win/win for students and teachers, and this is one of them. Students win because they get to have fun designing a 15 foot-long roller coaster track that a marble rolls on. And you win because your students are doing a complete STEM project. And since 90% of the instruction in this lesson won’t come directly from you, it’s also inquiry-based.

As presented, this is a 3-day lesson:

  • Day 1 begins with a short intro., then students spend the rest of the period building their track.
  • On day 2 they finish building and start graphing their coaster.
  • On day 3 we’ll apply formulas and principles of speed, velocity, and energy.

Free Teacher Notes (explains exactly what to do on all 3 days of the lesson)

Parts of this Lesson:

  • Video presentation (Preview above)
  • 3 separate Student Handouts (Members)
  • Editable versions of all Student Handouts (Members)
  • Teacher Notes (included FREE above)
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