Quercetti Marble Roller Coaster - Intelligent Play - Eva Varga

August 15, 2013

A year ago, my kiddos took part in a summer science camp that focused on engineering and technology.  One of the many manipulatives or activities they had access to during the week was an elaborate marble run manufactured by an Italian company called Quercetti.  I was not previously familiar with the product or the company but each day the kids returned home, they talked so much about the marble rollercoaster, I knew I had to learn more.  marble run

The Quercetti company started in the 1950s from a vision and determination of founder, Alessandro Quercetti. Today, the second Quercetti generation enthusiastically carries on the family business under its original principles: making toys that speak kid’s language and that address their natural developmental needs.

The Quercetti rail system is a great product that introduces the child to a love of learning and builds upon that foundation for a lifetime of creativity. Students increase their own knowledge through self-initiated experiences.

I love that the kids are experimenting with different size marbles and how they affect speed.  Their play elicited questions that opened up opportunities to talk about surface area, volume, and Newton’s laws of motion.

 This is a great tool for math and engineering minded kids

The  Quercetti Skyrail Mini Rail Rollercoaster allows kids to build fantastic marble runs with suspended tracks up to 8 meters long. It has been specifically designed so that marbles of different sizes and materials can be used.  The design prompts kids to make interesting observations, while experimenting and discovering the world of physics (speed, gravity, centrifugal force, friction) and to intuitively understand its fundamental principles. We started with the Mini Rail system but additional expansion sets are also available including motorized elevators and pulleys.

I was not compensated for this review.  I purchased this product myself because it appealed to me and it fit our current curriculum.  The opinion shared here is honest and is solely my own.

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