The purpose of this project is to reinforce Newton's Laws of Motion through roller coaster physics. The objective is to have a marble take the GREATEST amount of time to get from the top of the first hill to where the coaster ends.
This instructable has also been submitted into the paper contest. I know the competition is fierce so please vote for me!
Students will demonstrate ability to:
Plan and Create a paper roller coaster
Evaluate and test and retest their roller coaster
Analyze how to best manipulate the forces of friction and gravity
Explain the difference between potential energy and kinetic energy
Calculate problems involving free fall
Create tracks to better understand centripetal force
This assignment can be easily differentiated... make the goal time longer, make the base smaller, limit the amount of paper or tape...
Below is a roller coaster I created as an example for my students. The video starts with an explanation followed by a test run (around the 1:50 mark). I tried to incorporate as many features as possible onto one sheet of card stock. The last step has a video of a paper roller coaster I created a few years ago that includes an elevator.