Marble Roller Coaster Project
Research, design, and build a roller coaster. Your roller coaster cannot be prefabricated or from a kit. It must have at
least 2 hills (including the starting point), one loop, cannot have a top, and must be free-standing. Your roller coaster
will transport a marble that you supply (you can use any model or size marble). You must bring your marble when the
project is tested and presented. Be sure to include your name and class period on your project/rubric.
Recommended materials: Measuring tape, hot glue gun, foam pipe insulation, wood, plastic, Styrofoam.
Marble Roller Coaster Project Criteria
50 points – Calculations (MUST SHOW WORK WITH UNITS)
Height of initial drop, height of hill, height of loop, total length of track, mass of marble
Calculate the Potential Energy at a specific point (must specify at which point).
Calculate the Kinetic Energy at a specific point (must specify at which point).
Calculate the Velocity (speed) of the marble over a