Pine-Richland Middle School Teacher Brian Kantz took an eighth-grade science lesson to new heights. The Students were challenged to design and build roller coasters. The goal was to build the fastest coaster.
The students were inspired by some of their favorite coasters from amusement parks around the country including Pittsburgh’s own Kennywood Park. Students had the opportunity to imagine and design their roller coasters.
The students used foam tubing to test how fast marbles would travel through the tube. Students had to test their designs and record the data by calculating average time and speed. Students in some cases reconfigured their designs. Students discovered their first designs weren’t always the best. They came up with new ideas on improving the design.
Mason Inesso said he discovered that the fastest rollercoasters were the tallest.