Marble runs and roller coasters are part kinetic (moving) art, and part physics experiments.
The premise is simple: build a track that moves a marble from one location to another.
Sometimes this is done to see whose marble can stay moving the longest, and other times it is simply done because it's creative fun!
You can make simple marble runs from things like paper, cardboard and other recyclables, or try more advanced versions that include 3D printing, wood working, or metal working. Here are some great marble run projects to get you started!
The most simple coaster tracks can be made using paper, but you can take it up a notch by creating complex turns, loops and features just using paper and tape. Check out Paper Roller Coasters for detailed instructions and building tips.
This Marble Roller Coaster project uses foam pipe insulation tubes from the hardware store. It's a simple and flexible alternative to using paper!
TP Tube Marble Run combines toilet paper tubes and 3D printed connectors designed in Tinkercad. If you've got a 3D printer, grab the print files shared in the instructable, or be inspired and design your own!
For a totally different approach, The Boardrun uses pegboard, small wooden dowels, and rubber bands to create a 2-dimensional easily-changeable marble run.
The same author as The Boardrun project above took the initial idea to the 3rd dimension with Marble Tracks on Stilts, which uses bamboo skewers, peg board and rubber bands. Clever and fun!
Make your own marble roller coaster using one or more of the approaches shared above, and check out this collection of marble runs and roller coasters for more inspiration.
In the meantime, please see our recent posts titled Hello Tinkercad Friends! Let’s #TinkerTogether and Parents Guide to Starting Kids in Tinkercad. They provide more information on some of Tinkercad’s useful features for parents, teachers, and students.