Amusement Park Ride
This online resource gives details for a student activity which explores energy transformation within physical systems through the process of designing and building a model roller coaster.
Students design, build and test model roller coasters using foam tubing and marbles. The design process integrates energy concepts as they test and evaluate designs that address the task as an engineer would. The goal is for students to understand the basics of engineering design associated with kinetic and potential energy to build an optimal roller coaster.
The rolling marble starts with potential energy that is converted to kinetic energy as it moves along the track. The diameter of the loops that the marble can traverse without falling out depends on the amount kinetic energy obtained by the marble.
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