My 12 year old daughter came home from school yesterday, and asked me to help her on a school project. She is currently learning about Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, and has been assigned a project that will reflect these some how. My daughter decided to make a roller coaster. The project can't be any bigger than 450 square inches, so I'm making the base to the maximum of 15" x 30", which gives us the 450 square inches exactly.
I have a bunch of pine scrap pieces left over from remodeling the kitchen, so tomorrow night I will start ripping the pieces down to scale. I already laid out a platform made from cabinet grade plywood, and started to design the track layout. I can't make the coaster too big, due to the small platform size, but I also can't make the scale of it too small, as you won't be able to see the details. I'm going to try and do a 1"=10'-0" scale and see how it goes.
She will be judged on the following categories:
Overall Appearance = 30 points
Neatness & Originality = 30 points
Presentation = 20 points
Time Investment Evident = 20 points
Essay of how each Law of Motion is shown in her project = 100 points
She will be working with a partner on this, who will also be graded in the same categories. Should be quite the challenge working with two inexperienced girls, so wish me luck. My only concern is making sure that I let them help throughout the process. Oh, and the project is due on December 1st! No pressure right?
Edited by johndeereelfman, November 13, 2014 - 08:55 PM.