Gondola Ride

Activity Summary

Teams will construct an apparatus to transport as many AA batteries as possible across a span of 6 meters at one time.

Required Materials

  • 8 meters of fishing line (will be used to make 6-meter zip line.)
  • 25 AA batteries
  • 1 paper clip per team
  • 5 Popsicle sticks per team
  • 35 cm of clear non-packing grade tape per team
  • 1 sheet of 8 ½ x 11 paper
  • 1 meter stick

Setup Prior to the activity, the teacher will set up the gondola line or "zip line" that will be used in competition. Secured on each end, the zip line must extend 6 meters diagonally downward to the floor from a height of 2 meters.

Standards Covered

NGSS Standard(s): 3-ETS1-1, 3-ETS1-2, 3-ETS1-3, 3-PS2-1, 3-PS2-2, 4-ETS1-1, 4-ETS1-2, 4-ETS1-3, 5-ETS1-1, 5-ETS1-2, 5-ETS1-3

CCSS Standard(s): 4.MD.1, ELA, Math, W.3.10, W.3.3, W.4.10, W.4.3, W.5.10, W.5.3