Join us this week on Community STEM for a hair-raising trip on the world’s greatest roller coasters AND build your own. Riding a roller coaster is a rite of passage for many children. Starting off on a small coaster with one or two hills and then riding as a pro on a 800 foot, corkscrew, looping, hairpin turn, straight drop coaster was my experience. This week we want you to research the science behind roller coasters and then build your own. Let’s take it a little further by drawing up a blueprint, purchase materials, build, and design an advertisement to sell and promote your coaster.
Students can build roller coasters using materials from local hardware stores. (Pool noodles are also easy to use and cost efficient) Paper Coasters are great for initial designs. Students can study potential and kinetic energy, Newton’s Laws, and gravity while building their coaster. When coasters are complete- a class competition could be held to determine the winners for best design.
Discovery Digital Media (if you do not have access to Discovery Education- Check out You Tube and Teacher Tube)