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Creative Drive

Challenge: Your TASK is to create a gravity-powered transportation device that can

carry pennies across the floor.

Time: You will have up to 5 minutes to use your IMAGINATION to create your
transportation device. Your team will then have up to 1 minute to demonstrate your
gravity-powered transportation device.

Set Up: On the floor of one side of the room is a ramp. There are materials you may
use to build your gravity-powered transportation device.


Part One (5 minutes):

• Use the materials to make a gravity-powered transportation device that can carry
• You may test it using the ramp during this period of time, but the distance
traveled will not be scored.
• You may practice adding pennies during Part 1. However, by the end of Part 1,
the pennies must be removed from the transportation device and placed back in
the cup, or you will receive NO SCORE for Part 2.
• You will be warned when you have one minute and when you have thirty seconds
left in Part 1.

Part Two (1 minute):

• Add the pennies to your gravity-powered transportation device and launch it using
the ramp.
• You may not alter the gravity-powered transportation device during Part 2.


You will receive:

A. 2 points (20 points maximum) for each penny carried by your gravity-powered
transportation device.
B. 1 point (30 points maximum) for each inch (2.5 cm) traveled by your gravity-
powered transportation device.
C. Up to 30 points for how creatively you use the materials.
D. Up to 20 points for how well your team works together
Creative Drive
(Tape to Table)

3 Ping Pong Balls

2 Index Cards
4 Mailing Labels
1 Paper Cup
1 Piece of Foil
1 Rubber Band
1 Piece of Newspaper
5 Thumbtacks
2 Pipe Cleaners
1 Plastic Bag
4 Paper Clips
12 Dried Noodles
The ramp may NOT be damaged or altered in any way.