STEAM Activity: Coin Roller Coaster

 

What Kids Learn:

Making a coin roller coaster with paper towel cardboard tubes is a fun and engaging STEAM activity for kids.  It’s like creating a fun track for coins to go on an exciting ride!  The goal is to encourage creativity and problem-solving in a playful and educational way.  Kids can try different designs and angles to make the coins go faster or slower.  It’s like a mini roller coaster that kids build themselves, where they learn about how things move and have fun at the same time.  Have fun with the activity and allow the kids to ask questions and make discoveries on their own.

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What We Need

 

Coin Roller Coaster Materials
Coin Roller Coaster Materials
  • 7 Paper towel cardboard tubes (empty paper towel roll)
  • Tape
  • Coins
  • Scissors

 

How To Make A Coin Roller Coaster

 

 

  1. Set aside one paper towel cardboard tube for the top track (without any cutting).

    STEAM Activity - Coin Roller Coaster
    STEAM Activity – Coin Roller Coaster
  2. Take another cardboard tube and cut the top part of one side of the cardboard tube to create an opening so that when the coin rolls down to the next cardboard tube, it can be caught easily.

    STEAM Activity Papertowel Bar Coin Roller Coaster
    STEAM Activity Papertowel Bar Coin Roller Coaster
  3. Make 6 of them.
    STEAM Activity - Coin Roller Coaster Make 6 of Them
    STEAM Activity – Coin Roller Coaster Make 6 of Them

    STEAM Activity - Coin Roller Coaster 6 Plus 1 Uncut Cardboard Tube
    STEAM Activity – Coin Roller Coaster 6 Cut Cardboard Tubes Plus 1 Uncut Cardboard Tube
  4. (Optional) Decorate the track with stickers or drawings.
  5. Tape Cardboard Tubes to a wall to create coin tracks. Place the uncut cardboard tube as the first track.

    STEAM Activity - Coin Roller Coaster Make Tracks
    STEAM Activity – Coin Roller Coaster Make Tracks
  6. Attach all cardboard tubes to the wall. Experiment with different starting heights and angles for the track to see how it affects the coins’ speed and movement.
    STEAM Activity Papertowel Bar Coin Roller Coaster On The Wall
    STEAM Activity Papertowel Bar Coin Roller Coaster On The Wall

     

  7. Use a coin or coins and release them at the top of the track to watch them roll down the roller coaster.

Variations & Challenges

  • Try rolling down a single coin and multi coins.
  • Try different materials to roll down such as marbles.
  • Try different roller coaster designs.

 

 

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Author

  • Isabelle

    Isabelle has been an entrepreneur for last 22 years in retail and educational industry. She is also a mom to a child in elementary school. She believes that when kids are curious and use their imagination, amazing things can happen. She is particularly interested in STEAM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). She believes when children are encouraged to develop STEAM skills from a young age, they gain valuable tools to tackle future challenges in a creative, imaginative, and innovative manner. She enjoys researching STEAM and craft activities, plays, toys and resources and share with parents.

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