Lesson Plan

Roller Coaster POP #STEMchallenge Unit

Students apply physics & writing skills in a blended learning environment #STEMchallenge
Cathie G.
Classroom teacher
Dorseyville Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

Describe fundamental scientific or technological concepts that could solve practical problems.

Describe how  energy can change from one form to another.

Describe Newton's Laws of Motion

Experiment with  the amount of potential energy stored in a marble and understand how it decreases while its kinetic energy increases.

Calculate the kinetic energy in a marble.

Design a cost effective roller coaster.

Create a script describing the  process on which a roller coaster runs.

Define academic vocabulary in their script.

Design a BrainPOP style movie showcasing their roller coaster.
 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Math
Science
Grades 6 - 8
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Entry Event

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16VLVUL2oPjU1ecpDvMK_jfbJToZAWBhDzd90Rj0Yz3E/edit?usp=sharing

Instruct students to explore the following games on BrainPOP < GameUP<

<Impulse

<Go Vector Go

< Fly To Mars

< Project T.R.I.G

<CSI: Flight Adventure's Forces of Flight

<Spaceforce

Give students 30 minutes to explore one game. 

Students will complete a formative Socrative quiz answering the following questions:

What GameUP game did you play?

What did you learn in your game?

What seemed difficult to understand in your game?

If you had to write directions to teach someone how to play your game what would be the most difficult step and why?

This information will help you place the students in their roller coaster groups.

Student Instructions

Go to BrainPOP < GameUP<

Pick one of the following games:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16VLVUL2oPjU1ecpDvMK_jfbJToZAWBhDzd90...

<Impulse

<Go Vector Go

< Fly To Mars

< Project T.R.I.G

<CSI: Flight Adventure's Forces of Flight

<Spaceforce

You will have 30 minutes to play the game.

When instructed please go to Socrative and take the formative assessment.

2 GameUP Instructions

The teacher will begin by showcasing data from the Socrative quiz.

Lead students will be asked to present a 5 minute game demo of the game they played yesterday and give pointers or cheats to help students play later on in the unit.

Students will be encouraged to explore new games at home.

A game leader board will be displayed in the room

Students will then be asked to watch the following BrainPOP and TedED movies at home over the next 5 days.

BrainPOP <Science <Motions, Forces, & Time <Energy

<Gravity

<Inclined Plane

<Force

<Newton's Laws of Motion

<Kinetic Energy

<Energy >Potential Energy

<TEDEd> Newton’s 3 Laws, with a bicycle - Joshua Manley

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/joshua-manley-newton-s-3-laws-with-a-bicycle

<All of the energy in the universe is... - George Zaidan and Charles Morton

http://ed.ted.com/lessons/all-of-the-energy-in-the-universe-is-george-za...

Students will be instructed to pass all quizzes associated with Each BrainPOP & TedED quiz. Students will submit quiz results back to the teacher via My BrainPOP or through a screenshot in TedED

 

 

Student Instructions

Log into GameUP and have you  game from yesterday up on the computer screen.

Debrief on results from the socrative quiz.

Showcase each game in a "pitch" type setting.

Give the pro's and the cons to the game.

Answer the question "Why should your game be showcased more than the others?"

Homework over the course of the unit:

Continue to explore  GameUP and BrainPOP and TedED movies.

https://goo.gl/2DtVGQ

<BrainPOP

<Gravity

<Inclined Plane

<Force

<Newton's Laws of Motion

<Kinetic Energy

<Energy >Potential Energy

<TEDEd< Newton’s 3 Laws, with a bicycle - Joshua Manley

<All of the energy in the universe is... - George Zaidan and Charles Morton

3 Roller Coaster Design - Science Class

Activity: Creating
Student Instructions

Once you have received your group and supplies your team will need to begin the design process.  The following videos should help you in your construction.

Please add to the Game board and remember to continue on your BrainPOP and TedED work.

Your Paper Roller Coaster must meet all of the follow- ing requirements:

1. height between 30 cm and 100 cm

2. track length must be at least 150 cm

2. at least one loop

3. at least six turns

4. bucket at end to catch marbles

5. decorations

While trying to spend as little “money” as possible, build a Paper Roller Coaster using the supplies that your

teacher provides. The roller coaster should be exciting, reliable, and take a long time for the marble to travel

from the start to the finish. Look at the scoring sheet below before you begin.

After you’re done building, your teacher will test your

Paper Roller Coaster by placing one marble at a time

on it. Record the amount of time that it takes for each

marble to reach the bucket at the end of the track. If

the marble gets stuck or falls off of the track, write

N/A for that trial.

https://goo.gl/2DtVGQ

Vocabulary

Paper Coaster Example

Construction Tips

Beam Construction

Paper Coaster Columns

Diagonal Supports

Shelf Construction

Track Construction

Sharp and Wide Turn Construction

Loop Construction

Funnel Construction

Merge Construction

4 Lights, Camera, POP - English Language Arts Class

In their coaster groups students will design a 3-6 minute BrainPOP style movie answering a question about their roller coaster.

Coaster Question Choices

  1. What do forces and motion have to do with roller coasters?
  2. What forces were applied to the marble as it rolled through your paper roller coaster?
  3. What role does friction play in a paper roller coaster?
  4. How does your marble transform potential energy (gravitational) into kinetic energy?
  5. Why do roller coasters begin with a really steep hill and then continue with smaller hills, loops, and turns?
  6. What is the speed of the fastest part of the roller coaster and where is it? 
  7. Can all the hills on a roller coaster be the same height? If not, why? Can they get bigger or must they get smaller?
  8. Describe Newton's laws of motion and explain how each individual law can be used to explain the motion of an object on roller coaster rides.
  9. On a roller coaster how is potential energy transformed into kinetic energy?
  10. What forces were applied to the marble as it rolled through your coaster?
  11. What simple machines can be connected to the construction or operation of your roller coaster?
  12. What is the most exciting section of your coaster?  Explain the science behind it.

Once students have identified a question to answer they should complete the following:

1. Write a script of their movie in a collaborative Google Doc

2. Create still of their movie in ChatterPix and do the voice over

3. Export their ChatterPix  BrainPOPMovie to iMovie and  share the movie with the teacher.

Student Instructions

As a group pick one of the following questions:

  1. What do forces and motion have to do with roller coasters?
  2. What forces were applied to the marble as it rolled through your paper roller coaster?
  3. What role does friction play in a paper roller coaster?
  4. How does your marble transform potential energy (gravitational) into kinetic energy?
  5. Why do roller coasters begin with a really steep hill and then continue with smaller hills, loops, and turns?
  6. What is the speed of the fastest part of the roller coaster and where is it? 
  7. Can all the hills on a roller coaster be the same height? If not, why? Can they get bigger or must they get smaller?
  8. Describe Newton's laws of motion and explain how each individual law can be used to explain the motion of an object on roller coaster rides.
  9. On a roller coaster how is potential energy transformed into kinetic energy?
  10. What forces were applied to the marble as it rolled through your coaster?
  11. What simple machines can be connected to the construction or operation of your roller coaster?
  12. What is the most exciting section of your coaster?  Explain the science behind it.

1. Write a script of your movie in a collaborative Google Doc

2. Create still images of your movie in ChatterPix and do the voice over to manipulate the characters in your movie

3. Export your ChatterPix  BrainPOP Movie to iMovie and  share the movie with the teacher.

5 Roller Coaster Showcase Show Down

On the final day students will present their BrainPOP movies to the class and give a demonstration of their rollercoaster. 

Students coasters will be judged using the following document:

https://drive.google.com/a/cl.fcasd.edu/file/d/0ByiytwHefChfX3d3OEVaNWh6...

BrainPOP movies will also be shown.

Example of Scripts:-

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1f6rr0vMbjAJBRCqtM6QjkF-_vlvYjSyqa0Or...

Examples of Movies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jl0ruwFthI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKOvqLnm4v4

 

 

 

Student Instructions

Please present your coaster and video to the class for the time trials.

Please update the leader board.

Please evaluate this activity by writing what you have learned about rollercoasters in the discussion board on Schoology