Unit 6F, Forces and Motion
Unit Project: Marble Park
Use every-day materials to create miniature amusement park rides in which the
riders are marbles not people! Along with your other classmates combine these
rides into a complete miniature theme park that has many different kinds of
Project Link 1 (Chapter 1, page F19)
You are going to build a miniature amusement park for marbles, instead of people.
First, draw a Marble Park map. Leave room for all the rides, games, and
restaurants that a big theme park has. Transfer your drawing to sheets of heavy
Design and build some way for your marbles to move around the park. Include a
train that circles the park. Design a chair lift using string, paper cups, and
straws. Each chair should be able to carry one marble around the park. Design
walkways that lead from one ride to another.
Amusement Park Design and Layout
Thinkquest: Park Opening
A Visit to Yesterland The Discontinued Disneyland
Student ResourcesSample Theme Park Map
Project Link 2 (Chapter 2, page F41)
Design two different roller coasters for your amusement park. Build a
three-dimensional model that will fit on your posterboard. Make sure each roller
coaster can carry at least one marble. Experiment to determine how fast the
coaster can go. Then, beside each coaster, give its name and information about
how high and how fast it goes.
Funderstanding Roller Coaster
The Annenberg/CPB Exhibits
Amusement Park Physics: Roller Coaster
ThinkQuest: The Law of Conservation of Energy Free Fall
Student ResourcesRide Information Card
Project Link 3 (Chapter 3, page F76)
Choose two different motion rides to design. The rides should start, stop, and
carry at least one marble. One of the rides should turn in circles. The other
should use a swing. Give each ride a name. Then experiment with your rides to
determine how fast each goes and the safety features each needs. Display this
information beside each ride.
Amusement Park Physics: Pendulum
Amusement Park Physics: Carousel
ThinkQuest: Centripetal Force The Typhoon
Arizona Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers
What Is Motion?
The Big Ferris Wheel
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh North Side: George Ferris
Student ResourcesRide Safety and Precaution Card
Project Link 4 (Chapter 4, page F87)
Bumper cars are a very popular amusement park ride. Imagine one bumper car
colliding with a second bumper car that is touching a third bumper car. Describe
what happens to the cars.
Using three marbles of the same size, create a model of
this crash. Describe what happens to each car during the collision. Test as
many different kinds of collisions as you can think of. Describe the result of
each collision on a card next to a drawing of it.
Video Worldbook.com: Bumper Cars
Amusement Park Physics: Bumper Cars
Amusement Park Physics: Colliding Cars
Student ResourcesCollision Report
Project Link 5 (Chapter 5, page F119)
Use cups, a slide and a pan of water to create a Marble Park water ride. The
challenge here is to make a big splash without turning the cup over.
Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
Student ResourcesRide Specifications