Marble runs are great for open-ended building. They’re an example of using Science, Technology, and Math. And, they’re a lot of fun, both for the kids and the adults.
The boys and girls in Room 8 discovered so many benefits of building their two marble runs.
Everyone in Room 8 sloped, bent, twisted, turned to make building a marble run challenging, but it was fun. So, engineering or building something is one of the benefits.
So many questions as ‘Will it work if I ….?’ The benefits are problem solving and trial and error.
Everyone from the box and the other people building the marble run. Next benefit – following directions.
It took a LONG time to build a big marble run. It can also take time to make something new work or figure out how to successfully connect different pieces. There’s not a lot of instant gratification with a marble run. So, the patience was the key.
Building a marble run wasn’t easy. But, sticking with the process and not giving up helped build patience and perseverance.
Marble runs are open-ended activities. There are lots of ways to build and construct marble runs, so the possibilities are endless. Being creative, wewere building two marble runs.
We needed everyone participating while building our successful marble run. So, we have been cooperative.
Weincorporated a lot of Math naturally when we were building our marble run. For example, counting how many pieces are needed to complete the marble run. Predicting which one will be fastest or estimating how long it will take to complete the marble run.
Precision and care were needed when we were connecting pieces of a marble run. So, building a marble run helped us to develop our hand-eye coordination.
All the colours, shapes, and different types of pieces, combined with constructing a marble run that’s long, tall, superfast, had many starting points, gave plenty of opportunities for children to use their imagination.