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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Physics, kinetic energy, potential energy, gravity

Introduction

In this activity, you will use recyclable materials to make your own wall marble run. A marble run is a fun toy and a great way to learn about physics concepts like kinetic and potential energy. Do you think your marble will make it to the end of the track?

Credits

Svenja Lohner, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Cardboard tubes
  • Painter's tape or masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Marbles
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Optional: markers, stickers or colored tape and paper for decoration.
    Materials needed for the wall marble run activity.

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Active Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Total Project Time
45 minutes to 1 hour
Key Concepts
Physics, kinetic energy, potential energy, gravity
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