Students stumble upon a time machine and travel to different time periods and locations around the world. They research different cultures throughout history and the percussion instruments they used. Teams design an instrument inspired by the percussion instruments from that culture. Using the engineering design process as a guide, the students learn about the cultures, percussion instruments, and music fundamentals. This kit contains enough materials for 10 groups. Access to curricula materials can be found at http://www.nicerc.org.
Materials in this kit include: plastic cups, rubber bands, parchment paper squares, fabric, craft beads, feathers, string, yarn, beans, dowel rods, whiffle balls, washers, toothpicks, safety pins, bells, jar, and craft wire.
WARNING: Choking Hazard. Small Parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
Students are roller coaster engineers hired to design a roller coaster that includes at least one loop, one wide turn, and one sharp turn. Explore concepts of gravity, velocity, acceleration, Newton’s First Law of Motion, friction, and the history of roller coasters.