Rolling with Roller Coasters

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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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Instructional Ideas

  • Incorporate as a performance task during a unit on kinetic and potential energy
  • Begin by having individuals analyze the kinetic and potential energy of roller coasters at popular theme parks
Classroom Considerations

  • Allow time to collect and prepare necessary materials

  • Offers suggestions for guiding questions throughout the activity
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