In this activity, learners will use food cans of many different properties (sizes, shapes, and weights) and set two cans on their sides at the top of a ramp. Learners will make predictions about which cans will roll the fastest and then let them roll to race and test their predictions. This activity is well-suited for groups. Relates to the linked video, DragonflyTV GPS: Roller Coaster Design.
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