Rollercoasters


[Students with equipment]

[Rollercoasters guide]

Students will explore models of Rollercoasters that utilize both a hilly track and a loop track. Students observe potential and kinetic energy in action, and work together to make precision measurements and graphs. They continue their exploration to discover the law of conservation of energy as they develop explanations for the motion they observe. Using the Loop Track, students investigate how the marble stays on the track, even upside down on the loop. Students discover that the marble must maintain a minimum speed to make it around the loop. This module also supports STEM activities and includes a rollercoaster-building kit. Students research, design, test, and refine a model of a rollercoaster and apply the science concepts they learned in earlier investigations.

Concepts Covered

  • Speed
  • Energy
  • Engineering Design
  • Potential Energy
  • Kinetic Energy
  • Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Friction
  • Graphing
  • Centripetal Force
  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Gravity
  • Mass

NGSS Connections

Rollercoasters addresses the following performance expectations:

  • MS-PS3-1
  • MS-PS3-5
  • HS-PS2-1
  • HS-PS2-4
  • HS-PS3-1
  • HS-PS3-3

Investigations

  • 4 Level A
  • 6 Level B
  • 4 Level C
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1515975 Rollercoasters Full Module
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 1 Equipment Unit, 1 Physics Stand, 1 Timer

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1515981 Rollercoasters Full Classroom Package
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 6 Equipment Units, 6 Physics Stands, 6 Timers

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1515965 Rollercoasters Basic Module
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 1 Equipment Unit

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1515970 Rollercoasters Basic Classroom Package
Includes 1 Teacher’s Guide, Curiosity Place Access, Exploros Access, 6 Equipment Units

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1515956 Rollercoasters Teacher’s Guide with Digital Access

$249.95

1515959 Rollercoasters Equipment Only

$229.95

Required Accessories
(Included in Full Module and Classroom Package)
792-1110 Physics Stand

$99.95

792-1100 Timer IIe and Photogates

$364.95