very simple materials you can build your very own roller coaster and
study the laws of motion, velocity, and acceleration.
You will need:
foam pipe insulation, tape, marble, stop watch.
Now try this:
Utilizing tape and foam pipe insulation, construct your very own roller
coaster. Get as creative as you want and utilize the laws of motion. Use
a marble to test your construction. Use a watch to measure
Change your construction if necessary to make the best performance for
Creating your own roller coaster allows you to see so many scientific
principles such as speed (the measure of how much distance is covered in
a certain amount of time), velocity (both speed and direction),
acceleration (the rate at which velocity changes).
This is also a great project to study Newton's laws of Motion:
An object at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line will remain at
rest or in the same uniform motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced
force. This is also known as the law of inertia.
Second Law: The acceleration of an object is directly proportional to
the total unbalanced force exerted on the object, and is inversely
proportional to the mass of the object (as mass increases, the
acceleration has to decrease). The acceleration of an object moves in
the same direction as the total force. This is also known as the law of
Third Law: If one object exerts a force on a second object, the second
object exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction on
the object body. This is also known as the law of interaction.