Our Year 7 (Lower Third) maths pupils have been challenged to create a two-metre long marble run while practicing their algebra, with the aim of achieving the highest score using the following formula:
Marble run elements and factors
e - edible item
c - something circular
f - something that falls
t - the time it takes (the longer the better)
m - using mathematical stationary
p - something that pivots
b - something that bounces
l - every 30cm of your marble run that is straight, without any elements, curves or changes in height
The points formula
(It has not yet been discovered how to create the largest score - pupils may have needed more of one element in their marble run that others - and having none at all of an element may result in a score of zero!)
The Lower Third maths pupils made a brilliant effort, using only materials that they had in their house during lockdown to create some epic marble runs with scores in the millions!
The top five highest Scores were Philip, Finn, Willem, Eli and Jess.
These photos give a glimpse of Finn's epic marble run, which started with a golf ball running down a tape measure, then moving through various stages until the burning of a string facilitated the release of a can of tinned tomatoes which in turn triggered a grand finale in which a small cherry tomato rolled gloriously into a ramekin.
- Miss Clark (Teacher of Maths)