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Virtual STEM for Kids: Roller Coasters

This guide supports virtual STEM programs for children ages 6-12.

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ACTIVITY: Design a marble roller coaster.

Recommended materials: cardstock, cardboard, tape/glue, scissors, marble/toy car

The Science Behind Roller Coasters

Roller Coaster Designs

Using a Template

Sample roller coaster using a template printed on cardstock, then secured to cardboard with tape:

Reusing Materials

Roller coaster designs using paper and cardboard tubes:

Recommended Books

STEM Careers: Engineering

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!