Fifth grades students at Ardmore Elementary School recently took part in a paper roller coaster challenge and applied a variety of scientific techniques to build their unique structures.
The roller coasters were created by students in Elizabeth Willoughby's and Tina Carlton's class at Ardmore.
While building the roller coasters, students learned about force and motion concepts and applied them throughout this project. Working in teams, students planned and designed a paper roller coaster.
This projects brings STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)in the elementary classroom, Willoughby said.
The roller coasters were judged on best time (out of 3 trials), at least one loop around the track (bonus points if the marble on the track makes it around at least six turns). The coaster will also be judged on structure (bucket) at end to catch marbles, decorations and the team’s ability to explain one of Newton's three laws of motion and how it is exhibited with their coaster, according to a release.