Advanced Physics of Roller Coasters Lab

Advanced Physics of Roller Coasters Lab

Grades: 9-12
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, Velocity, Engineering Design


Calculate the thrills and excitement of your own roller coaster prototypes! Students build their prototypes, then determine the kinetic and potential energy of their designs.

Lab Guide

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.

Lab-Related Activities

Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.

Circle of Pong

Grades 2-12

Use knowledge of energy and forces to place a ball in the center of a 6 foot diameter circle. Iterate through this design challenge, to gain first-hand experience using the Innovation Design Process. 

Lesson: 65 minutes

Exploring Chain Reactions

Grades 4-8

Explore concepts around simple machines and energy transfer by building components for chain reactions.

Lesson: 60 minutes
Activity: 30 minutes

Advanced Physics of Roller Coasters Lab

Exhibit Connections

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.