Walk into Mrs. Roberts's class any given day and you will find her students engaged in a variety of ways of learning. This Monday, kids were learning about potential energy vs kinetic energy. They did this in a lab where they designed their own rollercoaster tracks to run marbles down. They had to set their tubes just right to allow for enough potential energy for the marble to successfully complete its course. Students then analyzed potential and kinetic energy at several points throughout the course of the track.
This was a great lab that had students engaged in creativity, problem solving, and collaboration. Students had a lot of fun.