5th Grade Paper Rollercoasters

During the month of December students in Mr Lipin’s 5th grade science class created marble rollercoasters out of cardstock and tape, a  challenging project that developed student’s teamworking and problem-solving skills and also introduced them to concepts such as potential and kinetic energy. (View the student videos here.)
Completed coasters were placed outside Mr Lipin’s classroom, and students from throughout the middle school visited ‘Rollercoaster Alley’ during recess to play with these contraptions. Mrs DiStefano brought third grade students to play with the rollercoasters and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. These third graders can now look forward to building their own in two year's time!