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Published on October 24th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Science project: Arden Fifth graders create working miniature roller coasters

While you were whizzing along in a roller coaster at the State Fair, you probably didn’t give much thought to the science and engineering that creates all of that fun and excitement, but some Arden Elementary School students could teach you a thing or two.

As a class project, students in Marquita Woodard’s fifth-grade class used what they learned in science about force, gravity and engineering to build working miniature roller coasters with a marble representing their car. The Arden Elementary Students will demonstrate their colorful one-of-a-kind projects for other classes on Friday, October 20 at 10 a.m.

There was even one project designed to represent the State Fair that includes a Ferris wheel, ticket booth, parking lot, a miniature farm, lights and people enjoying the fair. To spark some creative competition, Ms. Woodard awarded a cash prize to the student with the most unique project. “The students really enjoy this project each year because it allows them to see the science in their everyday lives,” said Ms. Woodard.

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