References to amusement park rides are often made when teaching students about motion and other physics concepts. The activity presented here goes further and engages students in using physics concepts, and extending this understanding to new concepts, including building roller coaster models that actually work. The value of the activity presented is its ability to promote several important goals for science learning, as well as describing the teachers' crucial role. This article promotes National Science Education Content Standards A, E, F, and G and Iowa Teaching Standards 2, 3, 5, and 6.
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 2006 by the Iowa Academy of Science
"Rethinking the Rollercoaster: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Promoting Science Inquiry,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 33
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol33/iss1/4