Mission: Construct a marble run with your child and use it as an opportunity to teach them about science and technology.
Real mission: Construct a marble run with (or without) your child. Beat the other kids. Beat the other kids’ parents. Beat everyone.
Only kidding… (not really).
This year we went for a space themed marble run science project – with ‘flying comet’ and ‘rocket launch’ effects (watch the video above with the sound on)! While our marble run didn’t win the prize for the ‘longest timed run’, it did win a special certificate for being the most ingenious. Mostly down to the fact that once the marble reached the bottom it was taken back to the top by a cool counter-balanced ‘rocket launch’ lift!
How to make your own marble run science project winner
The instructions below are intended as a guide and inspiration – they don’t cover every step of the build, this one is a little too complex for that! Anyway, I hope you still find them helpful.
1) Collectable instructions – includes additional photographs
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If you need ideas for another classic school science project, the ‘rubber band car’, check out my souped-up rocket car in Made by Dad: 67 Blueprints for making cool stuff (my new book).
It comes with extra wide wheels, a release switch (no more false starts) and detachable bodywork!