Marble Rush® Launchpad Set™ Force Challenge
This Marble Rush® challenge explores the concept of force and how it creates motion. The launcher cannon and pedal kicker are exciting components that make exploring this concept a great STEM investigation.
Learn About Force
Force is a word to describe the push or pull on an object. Force can make an object speed up, slow down, or stay in place. When force moves an object away from something, that is a push. When force brings an object closer, that is a pull. When the cannon plunger is pushed by hand, the force of that action pushes the marble out of the cannon.
- Marble Rush® Launchpad Set™
Complete the construction set as illustrated, then drop a marble down the clear funnel to begin.
When the marble gets to the pedal kicker, note how much force it takes to shoot across the gap.
Press down on the plunger to shoot the marble out of the cannon. Try again to figure out the appropriate force to reach the catcher at the top.
Exploration 1: Mind the GapExplore different ways to adjust the track to change the size of the gap between the pedal kicker and orange ring ramp. Apply different amounts of force to the kicker to see if the marble can reach the other side of the differently sized gaps.
- Does it take a stronger or weaker force to launch the marble across wider gaps?
- What is the widest gap that the marble could successfully make?
Exploration 2: Cannon PartnersThe cannon launcher shoots a marble directly upward to the inverted catcher. Explore different ways of constructing the track to change the height of this catcher. Apply different amounts of force to see if the marble successfully launches into the target.
- Does it take a stronger or weaker press to send the marble to a shorter height?
Marble Rush® Launchpad Set™ Build Options
The easy-to-follow build guide has different build options for multiple levels from beginner to advanced.