Students build roller coasters from paper

Students build roller coasters from paper


T.K. Stone Middle School seventh-grade science teachers David Grossman and Katie Davis in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, are educating their students on kinetic and potential energy by letting them design and build their own homemade thrill ride.

Grossman and Davis assigned students to design and build a roller coaster with at least one loop, six turns and a height no more than one meter using cardstock paper and tape. This is a process that took five days in class to create.

The assignment was made for a unit on kinetic energy and potential energy with some added engineering techniques including design, planning and testing.

The students were in groups of about four. On a recent Wednesday, they tested the coasters using a marble to travel through the miniature ride.

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