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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes
A stapler and two cans of food between start and finish circles, arranged to form a mini golf hole.


Have you ever played mini golf? It might seem like just a game, but there is a lot of science behind it! Learn about the physics behind a rolling, bouncing mini golf ball and design your own mini golf course in this fun science activity.


Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
This activity is not appropriate for use as a science fair project. Good science fair projects have a stronger focus on controlling variables, taking accurate measurements, and analyzing data. To find a science fair project that is just right for you, browse our library of over 1,200 Science Fair Project Ideas or use the Topic Selection Wizard to get a personalized project recommendation.


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Tape
  • Large table or counter
  • Rubber bouncy ball
  • Assorted small but heavy household items like canned food, a metal stapler, a roll of duct tape, etc. The objects should be heavy enough that the ball can bounce off them without moving them.


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Active Time
20-30 minutes
Total Project Time
20-30 minutes