Roller coasters are fast, fun, and exciting! They also involve a lot of Science-potential energy, kinetic energy, velocity, speed, friction, forces, gravity..... Kids can learn about physics by building and testing their own roller coaster.
-foam insulating tubes (cut in half to make track)
-other recycled materials such as paper towel rolls for tunnels
-paper and pencil for planning
|Sunshine (age9) adjusting her coaster so that her marble stays on |
the track and makes the loop!
After designing and testing her rollercoaster, Sunshine wrote two paragraphs explaining how physics is involved in relation to her overall model and coasters in general. She used her Science book, as well as information from websites to guide her with the writing component of this project.
Little man had to get in on the action as well! I don't know what's cuter- the red long-johns or his attempt at getting that marble on the coaster?
How Roller Coasters Work
Hands-on Activity: Amusement Park Ride: Ups and Downs in Design
Roller Coaster Marbles: How Much Height to Loop the Loop?
Enjoy your weekend!