Zip Line

Slide all the way to the bottom. Using the design process, pupils create a carrier for a ping pong ball that will travel down a zip line. Learners test their carriers and determine solutions to issues they encounter to complete the third design challenge in a series of five challenges.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have the class determine the criteria for a successful run down the zip line
  • Lengthen the zip line to run across the room
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes individuals have some understanding of gravity and friction
Pros

  • Provides information to create a demonstration to illustrate the idea
  • Includes suggestions for extensions to the activity
Cons

  • None