Roller coasters are one of the most popular attractions at amusement parks. In this activity, students will explore the world of structural engineering, as well as the motion and speed of an object, as they create their own small-scale roller coaster model. Students will have 20 minutes to complete the activity.
Challenge: Using the materials below, build a roller coaster that includes at least three turns and can successfully transport a Ping-Pong ball from the start to the end.
Materials: Straws, toothpicks, index cards, masking tape, Ping-Pong ball
Time Limit: 20 minutes
Learning Outcomes: Structural engineering, technical design, creative and critical thinking, problem solving