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

  • Fishing Line
  • Paper Clips (1 per team)
  • AA Batteries
  • Tape
  • Paper  (1 sheet)
  • Meter Stick (1)

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.  For a stronger zipline, the line may be doubled (2 strands of line together).

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