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Due to the small size of the marbles, The Star Coaster is recommended for ages 5 and over.
Students can use the Star Coaster to plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
Students can use the Star Coaster to make observations and/or measurements of an object's motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
Students can use the Star Coaster in an investigation to apply Newton's Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of tow colliding objects.
Students can use the Star Coaster to plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
Students can use the Star Coaster in an investigation to construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive depends on the masses of interacting objects.
Students can use the Star Coaster in an investigation to apply Newton's Second Law. Students can analyze data to support the claim that Newton's Second Law of Motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object.
Students can use the Star Coaster in an investigation and use mathematical representations to support the claim that the total momentum of a system of objects is conserved when there is no net force on the system.
Students can use the Star Coaster in an investigation and apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision.
The Star Coaster uses the basic laws of physics and gravity to enable students to enjoy hours of hands-on opportunities. Engaged learning with direct instructions or by trial and error delivers Newton's laws to students with an unlimited number of investigations.
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