Engineering and Roller Coasters
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Design Like an Engineer and Build Your Own Roller Coaster! In this workshop, students will learn to think and design like an engineer by utilizing the engineering process to design a roller coaster using common household items (you will need to provide the items). Computer simulation programs will aid in finding different ways roller coasters can be designed, taking into account variables like height, velocity, gravity, and the rollercoaster path.
The students will be divided into breakout rooms where they will learn to work in a team setting because Engineers need to be great communicators! First, they will go through a presentation highlighting how roller coasters are designed, the physics behind why they work, and a glimpse at our own roller coasters that we’ve constructed at home! They will plan out their design using the fundamental principles they learned in the presentation. Each girl will construct their own roller coaster using various materials. They can be as creative as they want, using materials found around the room to help with their structure and path. Students will design, evaluate, and improve throughout the workshop, experiencing the process engineers go through on a daily basis!
Students will need access to a computer, internet, and: Structure: Newspaper, magazine, or copy paper Adhesive: glue, tape, string Round object: Weighted Ball, aluminum foil in a ball Area: space to create your roller coaster Extra hands on standby
Please send an email to Khadija Koita if you have any questions. Thanks!