The Marble machine is the main attraction of the Engineering station. The Marble Machine is a creative ball-run contraption made from familiar materials. It is designed to send a rolling marble through tubes and funnels, across tracks and bumpers, and into a catch at the end.
The station is designed to favor the critical components of creativity: flexibility, decision making, collaboration, motivation, and communication.
A few minutes of reflection at the end of every class helps the students to recognize what they’ve learned:
-How many times did you made mistakes? That’s good! Have they helped you move forward in what you wanted to do?
-Have you worked well as a team? Do you think that you would’ve done better on your own?
-Is there anything that particularly surprised you?
-In the next class, what would you like to construct?