The Ride of Your Life

Need to Know: Science

What makes a roller coaster move?

What are forces?

What is the difference between speed, velocity, acceleration?

What are Newton's 3 Laws of Motion?

Who was Sir Isaac Newton?

What causes the motion of an object to change?

How do you collect and analyze data?

Need to Know: Math

What is slope?

How do you calculate it?

What is a proportional line? a non-proportional line?

What is scale factor?

How does the new image compare to the original?

What is a blueprint?

Need to Know: General Questions

What are good resources when researching?

What do you need to know in order to build a roller coaster?

How do I make a video?  What are my options?

How do I create a graph?

What materials would be best in building a roller coaster?

Introduce  the Driving

Individual Student Products

Science:

Journal entries

Data Collection and Analysis

Graphing

Research

Math:

Journal entries

Data Collection and Analysis

Graphing

Team Products

Science:

Functional Model of a gravity roller coaster

Video showcasing the design process including trials and redesign and explanations of required science concepts.

Math:

Blueprint of the roller coaster design.

Video showcasing the design process including trials and redesign and explanations of required math concepts.

Roller Coaster Extravagan

Upon completion of the challenge (approximately 3 weeks), students will participate in an after school event in which students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members will evaluate the design, functionality, and presentation for each Super Coaster.  During this event a champion engineering team will be selected and their design will be displayed for the public.

Examples of Student Wo

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