How to Make Mini Roller Coasters

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How to Make Mini Roller Coasters
Building a mini roller coaster can be a fun task. (roller-coaster image by JASON WINTER from Fotolia.com)

Building a mini roller coaster requires a basic understanding of how roller coasters work. Generally, the roller coaster will glide down a hill to pick up speed before going up and over a hill. Designing a mini roller coaster at home can be a fun and simple project. A stack of Popsicle sticks, some tin foil and hot glue can be used to make the mini model. The coaster can then be ridden with a small marble or toy car.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Marble
  • Bricks
  • Table

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place a table three feet above the ground. Lay Popsicle sticks going across the table to make a railroad. Keep a half-inch between the sticks to lay the Popsicle tracks.

  2. 2

    After reaching the end of the table with Popsicle sticks, hot glue the sticks and tracks together. Continue laying Popsicle stick tracks going off the table onto the floor creating a downhill slope.

  3. 3

    Place bricks under the tracks going off the table down onto the floor for support.

  4. 4

    Lay tracks on the ground leading up to a 6-inch hill.

  5. 5

    Place bricks under the 6-inch hill for support.

Tips and warnings

  • The marble must roll downhill first to pick up speed before it goes over the small hill.
  • Wait 24 hours for the hot glue to dry before testing the coaster.
  • Wear gloves when working with hot glue.

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