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Physics of Roller Coasters

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students design a roller coaster and demonstrate their knowledge of Potential and Kinetic Energy. They determine the average velocity a given marble travels on their roller coaster and apply their knowledge of various measurement systems...
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Roller Coaster Mania!

For Teachers 3rd - 10th Standards
Raise the energy level of your physical science class with this exciting hands-on activity. Applying their knowledge of kinetic and potential energy and Newton's laws of motion, young engineers use foam tubing and marbles to create...
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Roller Coaster

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Roller coasters rely on both kinetic and potential energy, but how much total energy does a roller coaster need? Scholars vary the mass of a coaster and the height of the initial hill. Graphs showing the types of energy and total energy...
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Energy on a Roller Coaster

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Roll with your class into the idea of conservation of energy. Pupils use a roller coaster track to collect data to reinforce the concept of conservation of energy and the influence of friction. Class members then create a graph from...
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The Physics of Roller Coasters

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Applied physics excites learners because it is about race cars, airplanes, and even roller coasters. Roller coasters are the focus of a video that focuses on the physics of roller coasters starting and stopping. It highlights the...
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Energy Conversions and Roller Coasters

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young scholars explain how mechanical energy is conserved in falling objects. In this physics lesson, students design and construct a roller coaster based on given requirements. They draw and explain their model.
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Build a Roller Coaster

For Students 3rd - 8th
Let the good times roll as young thrill seekers build a roller coaster on school grounds. Future engineers design and build a roller coaster from flexible tubing. The roller coaster is for a marble, so there will be plenty of room to let...
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The Ultimate Roller Coaster Contest

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Pupils explain how conservation of energy applies to roller coasters. In this physics lesson plan, students construct their own coasters according to a specified criteria. They make modifications to their design when necessary. 
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Rolling with Roller Coasters

For Teachers 6th Standards
Sometimes science is all fun and games! A hands-on STEM lesson asks learners to design and create models of roller coasters. They analyze the motion using a marble and describe the areas of maximum kinetic and potential energy.
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Amusement Park Physics

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners conduct a series of experiments on conservation of energy and momentum. In this physics lesson plan, students investigate the factors affecting the period of the pendulum. They build a roller coaster and calculate the marble's...
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Roller Coaster Simulator for the Magnetic Chalkboard: Construction Plans

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students watch a demonstration that allows the teacher to show Galileo's inertia experiment and how and why the hills on roller coasters are designed as they are. The roller coaster simulator can be mounted on a magnetic chalkboard;...
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Roller Coasters: They're Fun, But Are They Safe?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers survey people to find out what roller coasters they like, conduct Internet research to find information on dangers in amusement parks, contact experts on subject, and write feature that shows pros and cons of coasters.
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Ball Bearing Roller Coasters and Teamwork Lab

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students discuss potential and kinetic energy and design roller coasters to study this concept. For this energy lesson, students discuss the potential and kinetic energy of a roller coaster. Students design roller coasters and...
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Every Day Edit - The Roller Coaster

For Students 3rd - 8th
In this everyday editing instructional activity, students correct grammatical mistakes in a short paragraph about the roller coaster. The errors range from punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and grammar.
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Roller Coasters

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity....
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Potential and Kinetic Energy: The Roller Coaster Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Ron Toomer, a famous roller coaster designer, suffered from motion sickness. Pupils design their own roller coasters, learning about potential and kinetic energy in the process. Labs focus on the importance of drop height, energy...
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Amusement Park Ride: The Ups and Downs in Design

For Teachers 7th - 8th Standards
Groups design the ultimate roller coaster by considering potential and kinetic energy. They test their designs using marbles and then go on to rate each group's design based on aesthetics, loop diameter, and cost.
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Roller Coaster Project

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Emerging engineers work in teams to design pipe insulation roller coasters for marbles that meet specific parameters. They are required to label along the track the areas where kinetic and potential energy are highest and lowest, where...
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Physics of Roller Coasters

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students study the physics used to design today's roller coasters.  In this engineering lesson students complete several activities including designing their own roller coaster. 
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Roller Coaster Science

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The science of roller coasters is explained along with Newton's Laws of Physics, to an extent. Show to your physics class for a little fun explanation of gravity.
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Roller Coaster Physics

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students design a roller coaster that allows a marble to run the course as fast as possible. Students create an experimental roller coaster taking into account the steepness of the hills and the sharpness of the turns. Students use a...
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Roller Coaster

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the concept of momentum with this investigation. In this momentum instructional activity, 5th graders build a model roller coaster in order to explore momentum. Then work in groups to design a toothpick roller...
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Outline Your Plot

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Prepare for a wild ride on the plot roller coaster! Budding authors outline their novel plots through this set of visual and entertaining worksheets. They follow the story of Boris the Unicorn, which demonstrates the various stages of a...
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Take a Roller Coaster Ride

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students investigate how roller coasters are built. In this physics lesson, students research the laws of physics that affect roller coaster construction. Students create their own roller coaster design.

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