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Roller Coaster Physics: Ferris Wheel

  1. Grades 3-5


Become a thrill engineer and build twisty, turny tabletop roller coasters. Start with a battery-powered Ferris wheel that lifts marbles to the top, then add tracks and towers to make a figure eight or loop-the-loop track. Switch it on and watch the marbles zoom round and round. Ready to build a rad ride of your own?

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Why it’s awesome

  1. Ferris wheel fun

    Marbles catch a ride on the wheel to reach the top.

  2. Engineered for thrills

    Build towers and tracks to make marbles roll ‘round and ‘round.

What’s included?

  • 5 toppers

  • 8 grids

  • tower set

  • 3 ramps

  • disk

  • base

  • track set

  • 10 tubes

  • bolt set

  • 10 springs

  • peg set

  • motor

  • battery pack with AA battery

  • 2 zip ties

  • 5 marbles

  • felt sticker sheet

  • clear sticker sheet

  • loop guide

  • 4 sticks

  • finish line

  • catcher

  • illustrated instruction booklet

Topics explored

  1. Roller coaster engineering

  2. Physics of energy

  3. Engineering + design

From the desk of the product designer:

Behind the design

The pegboard design was inspired by old-school wooden coasters and their scaffolding. Plus, all the hours we spent playing Roller Coaster Tycoon as kids!

- KiwiCo Product Designer

By the numbers


Roller coaster designs tested


Kids who tried out the crate


Marbles lost



7 reviews

Customer images



    This ferris wheel is very challenging to put together. My grandson and I are still working on it. He was most excited when we got as far as being able to have the marble be picked up and moved to the top.

    stuart bruckshaw


    My boy absolutely loves this, remakes it all the time, just brilliant



    The kids loved the box! They have been enjoying playing with it. The only issue is one of the square base plates is bent and will not flatten out so the set is not complete as sent. ?



    The kids were so excited to put this together! However, they were a bit disappointed because when the marbles get to ground level, they tend to stop before getting to the wheel, no matter how hard we tried to make the support surface flat. Also, it would be ideal to have the face portion of the wheel tightly secure to the back so the marbles can exit smoothly.

    Jacob and Dad


    Absolutely love the way it worked! My grandson Jacob and his dad do these projects together and it’s very bonding and fun for them! The only thing is it fell apart easily as the little pegs fell out if barely touch them. It was such a cool progect, worked well! A great learning and bonding experience!

    Jacob and Dad's image 1
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    Jacob and Dad's image 3



    Purchased as a gift for my grandson. He loves it

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