Physics of Roller Coasters Lab
|Duration: 90 minutes
Available Times: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.
|Concepts/Skills: Gravity, Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, Engineering Design
Discover the science and engineering behind thrill rides! Students explore kinetic and potential energy, friction and the engineering process by designing and prototyping their own roller coasters.
Design a robust learning experience by selecting resources from this guide that fit the needs of your students. Reinforce learning before, after and even during your visit by diving deeper into some of the science and engineering concepts.
Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.
Circle of Pong
Lesson: 65 minutes
Energy Red Light, Green Light
Outdoor exercise game deepens understanding of potential and kinetic energy.
Make connections between learning from the lab and the exhibits and programs found in The Tech Interactive’s galleries. For more exhibit connections, see the Lab Guide above.
Science on a Roll: Ball Machine
(outside of Park Ave. entrance)
Witness an elaborate demonstration of the transfer of energy in motion.
Design a heart-pounding roller coaster by customizing hills, dips, and thrills. Try out the many possible combinations of customizations before settling on a final design to experience at our coaster simulation station.
Just Wing It
Learn about the properties of flight by creating and testing flying contraptions! From shark fins to glider wings, discover which shapes and forms are most aerodynamic and can create lift.