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Tinkering with Marble Machines

Marble Machines are powered by gravity, and can transport a marble or small ball to the ground in an interesting way!

About this event

In this workshop, find out how to use everyday materials to make Marble Machine. You will design, build, and test a contraption, with the goal of either creating a slow-travelling machine for the marble, or to fulfill a goal of your own choosing, such as landing in a cup or knocking over a small tower. What will your Marble Machine look like?

Recommended for ages 8-12

What is “tinkering”?

Tinkering is mindful messing about with tools and materials, with the goal of finding out their possibilities and limitations. When we tinker, we learn about scientific topics, make new things from existing parts, solve problems, and learn by making mistakes.

Suggested materials for the session:

  • A small ball or marble
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tubes (toilet paper or paper towel rolls)
  • Assorted materials – e.g. binder clips, books, string, elastic bands, or clothespins
  • Vertical wall or space that you can start building a Marble Machine

By registering for this session, you acknowledge that all discussion and participation are for educational purposes, ONLY. Please note that only children with parents present will be invited to turn their webcams on. For those families who choose to participate via webcam, please note that Science World will not be recording this session.

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