Fifth grade students at Moon Area Middle School were given a task: meet the challenge of getting a marble to move through a contraption in a time frame of 30-60 seconds.
The project was in spired by The James Dyson Foundation Marble Run Engineering Challenge.
The purpose was NOT to be the fastest, but rather to get their marble to travel through a series of obstacles and get to the end as close to 30 seconds as possible.
Students worked as a team to create obstacles to manipulate the travel time of the marble. Many made speed bumps, ripples, funnels, and more to get their marble to slow down.
Students applied knowledge of kinetic and potential energy to design the marble’s path.
The STEAM project was a collaboration between the 5th grade math, science, and technology education departments at the middle school.