MazeRun Ball Maze

Explore gravity, friction, energy, and acceleration as participants assemble a maze and have others try to solve it!

Start by splitting the participants into two teams. The first team then has three minutes to build a maze by placing an assortment of 3 in wide barriers and hills on a 4 ft x 4 ft tarp via hook-and-loop fasteners, as well as indicating the beginning and end of the maze with patches. The other team then gets the chance to try and solve the maze by maneuvering a small foam ball through it. Through the process, participants will discuss what makes the maze challenging, what one team did differently than the other to solve the maze faster, and identify real world examples that rely on similar mechanics observed during the activity.

The kit accommodates up to 24 participants working together.

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Age Range

7+  |  Elementary+

 

Contents

  • 1 Tarp (4 ft x 4 ft)
  • 18 Barriers
    • 3 - 24 in long barriers
    • 6 - 12 in long barriers
    • 9 - 6 in long barriers
  • 2 Hills
  • 1 Ball Trap
  • 1 Start Patch
  • 1 Stop Patch
  • 6 Foam Balls (2.5 in diameter)
  • Resources Binder
    • Lesson Directions

 

This STEM Kit was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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