Have fun engineering with your family


“Hey grandpa,” Grandson said, “let’s play marble track.”
“Hey grandson,” engineer Grandpa said, “let’s be engineers today and invent our own marble track. We can learn about engineering, science, and kinetic energy.”
“Yes!” grandson responded.
So grandpa and grandson went to the hardware store and office supply and found parts for a custom marble track. They used 1/2 x 1/2 inch aluminum angle, adhesive-backed magnetic tape, plastic electrical flange (blue) cut into quarters and halfs, a modified funnel, and a metal backed dry-erase white board. They went home and cut the parts (safely), applied the magnetic tape to the parts, and created their own marble track. The configurations were endless. See the video here.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) can be fun. Try this project and learn about kinetic energy and momentum.
(A short short story from the author of Engineering Stories)
https://stemstories.wordpress.com

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About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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