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Marbleocity Dragon Coaster

Lower Age: 12+
Website: https://www.playmonster.com/brands/marbleocity/
Price: $59.99
Year Added: 2017

The Marbleocity Dragon Coaster is a laser-cut wooden marble run kit that children ages 12 and up can build over the course of five days as per the included instructions using basic materials. The kit includes 80 wooden parts and a comic which introduces the physics concepts behind the function of roller coasters. All that is needed for assembly is everyday, white glue. The design of the Marbleocity Dragon Coaster come from the real Dragon Coaster  in New York, giving kids an example of how the concepts of roller coaster design from the kit can be applied to a real-life amusement park ride. By building the marble run model, children get a hands-on opportunity to practice spatial reasoning skills and a chance to explore the physics behind the coaster, including kinetic and potential energy, and how friction impacts how roller coasters work. While the coaster has to be glued together, and can’t be taken apart afterward, it allows children to work with their hands and learn about the physics that back the design of roller coasters in the real world!

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: NA


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: NA


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial and evidence-based reasoning skills

 

 

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      • “The down side is that the Dragon Coaster doesn’t offer any creative opportunities during the construction of the kit, but the up side is that the kit is well-made, fun to build, and provides a fair amount of instruction on the physics, criteria, and constraints that go into the design of roller coasters.”