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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Gravity, potential energy, kinetic energy

Introduction

How much energy does a roller coaster need to go through a loop without getting stuck? Build your own marble roller coaster in this project and find out!

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • 1.5" diameter foam pipe insulation (at least one 6-foot section)
  • Glass marbles or metal ball bearings
  • Painter's tape
  • Utility knife
  • Table or chair

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Gravity, potential energy, kinetic energy
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