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APR 2018

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Assessment I ended up giving each group two grades for the project. First, they got an overall grade for height, length of ride, and use of innovative ways to slow the marble down. Included in this assess - ment were points for having an invit- ing colorful appearance. The second g rade was the "safety grade:" 100%: ten out of ten marbles reach the box at the bottom without getting stuck or flying off; 90%: nine out of ten mar - bles reach the box at the bottom, etc. I required my students to record their results on video and turn them in to me using a file-sharing app as proof of their success. Student footage, as well as other documentation of the project, was later edited together into a single movie, which I used at later maker events (see Web Links). Rachel Wintemberg is an art teacher at Samuel E. Shull School in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and a contributing editor for SchoolArts. rachelhw1966 @ N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artistic work. W E B L I N K S Materials • cardboard toilet paper and paper-towel tubes • a small cardboard box for the "pool" • scrap cardboard from cereal boxes • masking tape, scissors, paper plates, and low-temperature hot glue guns • gesso, paint, and colored paper This lesson demonstrates how the design process is important to both scientists and artists. and artists. This project was done with classes of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders using primarily free recycled materials. On another occa - sion, I did this activity as part of a c ommunity maker day with partici- pants ranging in age from elemen- tary school to adult. Construction Procedures • To create a curved pipe, cut slits halfway through a cardboard tube and bend. Wrap and tape small pieces of cereal box cardboard over the holes. • To create a funnel, cut a slit in a paper plate, form a cone shape and cut off the point of the cone. Flat pieces of tape work better than loops of tape, hot glue dries instantly so it is preferable to white glue, and masking tape can be more easily painted over than clear tape. • Test every section of the slide with a marble during the assembly pro - cess. If a marble flies off, add on a cardboard wall. If a marble gets stuck, change the angle of the ramp. If the structure begins to sag, glue on a cardboard brace to prop it up. • Remember, the longer the marble is kept in motion before reaching the bottom, the more likely it is that customers will pay money to ride on your slide. Longer water slides are more popular and excit - ing than shorter ones. Student Criteria The design should work consistently. Marbles should get to the bottom ten out of ten times without get- ting stuck or flying off. Test work i n progress to see exactly where the marble is going off track and figure out a solution to fix it. Group Critique Students demonstrated their marble slides in front of the class. A yard- stick was used to measure the height o f the slide and a video camera was used to record how long the ball was able to stay in motion. The taller the structure and the longer the ball stayed in motion, the more success - ful was the design. A waterslide in an amusement park needs to be colorful to attract visitors. Neatness also counts; nobody is going to want to risk going on a ride that looks like it is barely held together with tape. A design that looked neat but injured waterpark visitors earned a lower grade than a design that was safe but sloppy looking. Designs that were neatly put together gave visitors a safe but exciting ride and were color - fully and neatly decorated received the h ighest grades of all. Storage can become an issue. Students' water slides took over the artroom! SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 23

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