ACTIVITY: Design a marble roller coaster.
Recommended materials: cardstock, cardboard, tape/glue, scissors, marble/toy car
Have you ever wondered how roller coasters work? Learn more about the physics behind roller coasters and discover the difference between potential and kinetic energy.
Sample roller coaster using a template printed on cardstock, then secured to cardboard with tape:
Roller coaster designs using paper and cardboard tubes:
How do civil and mechanical engineers apply STEM principles when designing roller coasters? They need to make sure the infrastructure makes the ride work properly and that it is safe for people to enjoy!