Marble Maze Project
Mr. Bucci - Technology 8
Pomona Middle School
www.bucciteacher.com


 

Challenge:  Design and construct a maze-like structure that will allow for the controlled movement of a marble. 

 

Aim:  The aim is to have the marble move as slowly as possible

 

Materials: 3 manila folders, 1 cardboard base, 1 marble.

 

Tools: Scissors, hot glue gun, pliers, paper cutter.

 

Criteria:

 

Extra Credit: You must apply for a “patent” for any original track design.

 

Due Date: ____________________

 

  

Evaluation (Part 1)

 

Vocabulary:

 

Monitor – to observe the results or process within a system


Adjustments – changes made in a system to make it work better


Sensors – something that tells you how your system is working;

            Example: our ears act as sensors to tell us if our TV is too loud.

            Example: our eyes tell us if something dangerous will happen


Limits – how much something can be changed, fixed, etc


Controllable System – a system that does what you want it to do


Comparison Device – a tool or device used to tell you whether the actual results are close to what you want


Desired results – the results you wanted


Actual results – the results you ended up with (whether good or bad)

 

Directions:  Using your vocabulary words above, answer the following questions.  Answer in full sentences.

 

  1. Why was the marble maze an example of a controlled system? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  2. What affected the limits of controlling your maze?
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  3. What acted as sensors in this activity?
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  4. How were you able to make adjustments in the system?
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  5. How did you monitor your results? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  6. What did you use as a comparison device? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  7. What was the difference between your desired result & your actual result?
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  8. What did you think of your actual results?
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  9. Describe one way you could improve your design?
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  10. How controllable a system was this?  Think before your answer! ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Evaluation (Part 2) – Self-Evaluation

 

  1. Is the start 11” inches from the base? ______  If not, what is it and why? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  2. Measure the distance of your open span of the free fall (drop). ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. Where is your 13”inch straight path located? ______________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
  4. What does your 180 degree turn look like and where is it located? _______ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
  5. Count up all you curves.  How many do you have? ________________
  6. Make 5 timed runs.  Record your times below.  Circle the slowest time.
    1. _____ 2. _____ 3. _____ 4. _____ 5. _____
  7. How many full strips of manila folder do you have left over? ____________

 

Notes:
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          Marble Maze Word Search

 
			G W Z B E J D D E V A L U A T I O N F E 
			P N A E V F N E L L Y E Z Z W V S R T E 
			N S I E U L G R E D J L Y P X F I S K D 
			E J N M J E F I C W O R K J I C I D E B 
			R K P Y R S U S T O Q V P S T T I A U A 
			V O U A Z O Q E R H E A T I N G Y M W C 
			J X T H Q X T D I D K L O E C J N I I K 
			S E H C T E K S C Q U N M S D E N T O N 
			G L E M B A M J N S C T T N I C M L Y P 
			O N A L E D H N E I S R N O L B I U N X 
			H E I U E T Y R R U A M I I W K G S G U 
			T Y Z K T M K E J U U R N T P A R E R C 
			W J G M C C E D Z L V E B A E L L R N Q 
			Q G L U O A A N O A S X K T W R A J H G 
			M A R B L E R C T K M S L I K K I N C U 
			S R O S N E S T H O P H B M A H D A E N 
			H J J D Y U G B L O L A W I A J U H Y C 
			F F O I R V C U C F T C P L P G T O Y P 
			W B N D R S N K G X G O A A U K K H X R 
			A O E R R S K C G Z H B B P D L H Z F P 

 

 

ACTUAL
ADJUSTMENT
BASE
BRAINSTORMING
CRITERIA
DESIRED
ELECTRIC
ELEMENT
EVALUATION
FRICTION
GLUE
GUN
 
HEATING
HOT
INCLINE
INPUT
LIMITATIONS
MARBLE
MAZE
PLANE
RESULT
SENSORS
SKETCHES
TEAM
TRACKING
WORK
 

 

Marble Maze Grading Rubric

 

Criteria
4
3
2
1
Points
Required Elements
4 points
20 %
The Marble Maze  includes all required elements and more.
All required elements are included on the Marble Maze.
All but 1 of the required elements are included on the Marble Maze
(11”base, 180 degree turn, 3 curves, free-fall, 13” straight piece)
Several required elements were missing.
(11”base, 180 degree turn, 3 curves, free-fall, 13” straight piece)
 



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Time
4 Points
20 %
The Marble Maze time exceeded 10 seconds.
The Marble Maze time ranged between 8 and 10 seconds.
The Marble Maze time ranged between 6-8 seconds
The Marble Maze time ranged between was less than 6 seconds
 
 
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Attractiveness
4 points
20 %
The Marble Maze is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.
The Marble Maze is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness.
The Marble Maze is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy.
The Marble Maze is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.
 
 
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Worksheet
4 points
20 %
Worksheet is completed on time with detailed answers
Worksheet is on time with  1-3 incorrect or incomplete answers.
Worksheet is late or has 4 or more incorrect or incomplete answers.  
Worksheet incomplete or not submitted.


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Following Classroom Guidelines
4 points 
20 %
Group is always on task, and causes no disruptions.
Group talks quietly and causes minimal disruptions.
Group is occasionally louder than necessary in the classroom.
Group often causes disruptions in the classroom.
 


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