Exploring Tracks in Room 9

As an introduction to this term’s inquiry unit Room 9 had an afternoon exploring different kinds of tracks.

Mrs Thompson put us in groups, then set up 5 challenges around the classroom. Each group had turns at experimenting with the challenges.

Challenge 1

Work together and use playdough to make a track for a table tennis ball. See if you can move the ball from the start of your track to the end without touching it.

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Challenge 2

As a group, use classroom equipment to create a track that hot wheels cars can go around.

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Challenge 3

Design and create a marble maze using the plastic marble maze equipment. It needs to be stable and stand on its own.

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Challenge 4

Complete one of the maze challenges that Mrs Thompson has printed off. Then on the back of the sheet draw your own maze for a buddy to solve.

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Challenge 5

With a buddy, design and create a marble track using the Duplo ball track equipment, Duplo base plates and Duplo blocks. See if you can make tunnels for the ball to go through.

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We had lots of fun with the challenges and learned about working as a team, as well as about building tracks. There were a lot of technology and engineering skills being developed. We had to really practise using perseverance and problem solving too. 

Through trial and error, we came up with some great designs. It was interesting to see how every group came up with very different designs using the same equipment. Some of us enjoyed collaborating with a buddy to make our designs, others of us liked working as a team and a few of us preferred to just put our head down and work on our own. Some of us wanted to save our creations and share them by recording them on seesaw. None of us wanted to pack up at the end.

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