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DT - marble runs

We have had great fun designing and building our own marble runs!


We began by investigating different types of free-standing structure.  We looked at what made them strong and stable.  We then applied this knowledge to building the tallest free-standing structure we could from construction kits.

Free-standing structures

We also had a go at building marble runs using kits to investigate what made a good marble run.  We looked at the speed the marble traveled at, the smoothness of the journey and the aesthetics of the design.

Ready-made marble runs

Ready-made marble runs 1
Ready-made marble runs 2
Ready-made marble runs 3
After some focused practical tasks - looking at cutting, joining and specific elements of a marble run, we designed and made our own marble runs in groups.  We tested and evaluated them to finish.