Roller Coaster projects in school

Wednesday, August 15, 2001 7:31 PM
In fourth grade we used rides to explain some of newtons laws. We then got to go to Knott's to see and feal the laws... ya right! Like we really were paying atention to thet stuff while at an amusment park. Our teacher new that to and didn't expect us to pay atention, just to have fun. He even went on the rides with us.

P.S.-That was one of the best teachers I ever had.
*** This post was edited by racerbret on 8/15/2001. ***
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 7:39 PM
Let's see... one time I did a project on coasters where I brought in some of my On-ride photos. I had them passed around the class room while I was giving my 5 minute speech on the different aspects of coasters. I ended up getting an A and answering most of the questions that were brought forth... I kinda liked doing it.

Another time I drew a picture of a coaster, and wrote a poem that was running on the track. I got an A for that one too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2001 7:53 PM
I gave an 15 minute presentation on roller coasters for English class. It was for public speaking and it was so tight that i could do my speach on coasters. I showed all sorts of coaster videos and explained lots of the manuevers and the physics behinds the coasters.
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 8:38 PM
Actually talking about roller coaster is the best thing for science....!!
Wednesday, August 15, 2001 8:45 PM
I gave a 20 minute presentation on just MM coasters and answered questions for another 10. I had on-ride pov's for each, and I got the highest grade in the class. It was fun researching my homepark!

Mr. Crap Caca is my name-o, C-r-a-p, C-a-c-a, Mr. Crap Caca. Just ask SFMM Salvi and his 3-year old cousin! :) Thanx for the cool name SFMM_fa_life!
Thursday, August 16, 2001 12:37 AM

ACE15 said:
"I also created a working model of a roller coaster with an LIM motor made out of batteries instead.... that shot off at 38 mph and went through the whole coaster. It was 350 feet long.... which is a pretty long model that I created and I could not believe I had actually created the darn thing. It had a 25 foot drop, 2 helices, camel hills and 5 inversions, a "bridge" and 2 tunnels."

Forgive me for being skeptical, did you really build this? Any photos would be great.

My projects;

For one of the term/semester projects for Design & Technology in my 2nd last year of school I made a tiny desk top coaster that actually works;

Of course for my final year major project I decided to build a more realistic scale model named the Taipan, a 8ft tall 1:20 scale B&M Inverted. What you see in this photo is all there is, I never got to finish it & don't know if I will; Yup, this is where I got my member name from & check my personal photo for another shot of it.

Plus I enrolled in physics at the same time & my class often discussed coasters with me. The one classmate is nuts about Superman & he couldn't believe it when I showed him the concept drawings for S:TE & the stats, 415ft tall! 0-100mph in 7secs!

*** This post was edited by Taipan on 8/16/2001. ***
Thursday, August 16, 2001 1:26 AM
How do you create a model of a coaster that works? what do you use?
Thursday, August 16, 2001 3:58 AM
I recently took a self-paced PowerPoint class at a college. For the final project I had to give a PowerPoint presentation to the instructor. As you've probably already guessed, I did mine about roller coasters. As a matter of fact, I found CoasterBuzz while I was researching the project.
Thursday, August 16, 2001 5:16 AM
The closest I get to a "project" as in my A-Level exams, for our physics long-answer paper there was question about a vertical drop coaster, exactly the same as Oblivion (it was the first paper after Obliv's opening).
Clearly the examiner who wrote the paper liked coasters and I was in heaven answering it as I had been thinking about all of the physics involved the week before whilst I was in the queue to ride it!
I got a great exam grade!!
All hail the coaster loving paper writers for NEAB.

"'cos you know, it's strange! You stand in a library and go "AAAAARRRRGGGHHHH" and everyone just kinda stares at you, but if you do the same thing on a aeroplane everyone joins in!"
Thursday, August 16, 2001 7:58 AM
In 6th grade i made a powerpoint about B&Ms creations. I had the inverted coaster, floorless, in-line twist, dive-loop,etc. It turned out awesome. I had a huge page of links to coaster sites about B&M (CB included) i ahd a video of SKC. At the end of the project i knew more about powerpoint than the computer teacher.
Also in 6th grade, our science teacher used to be a ride-op on Double Loop @SFWoA and explained how you dont even need an OTSR, they would actually ride it without it on at the end of the day.
At the end of 6th grade Shannon D'sockidy (sp) came to our school to tell us about SFO. There was Q&A so i asked, "Are there any plans of a hyper/giga at SFO? She replied, "Within the next 2 years i garuntee one will be there if all goes as planned" no one else knew what a hyper was and had to be taught.
I dont get this, our school is in the same city as SFWoA and havent gone there once in the 9 years ive gone to school there:(

HurricaneGeauga- Just in case
Thursday, August 16, 2001 5:16 PM
I did my Semester Reasurch paper on Amusment park safty last year in 10th grade english class. It was one of only two papers I made A on that semester.

SP we hardly knew Ye
Thursday, August 16, 2001 7:51 PM
I did a presentation about SFAW for Speech class when we could do a speech about "anything that interest us". Everyone appreciated the info and tips I gave on it.
Thursday, August 16, 2001 8:25 PM
Let's see, I've done at least one major coaster oriented project for school since I was in 7th grade. It will be 4 years now. Anyway, I've done small stuff such as a speech on what I did this summer as well as huge multy-class projects in high school.

This past year, I did a couple speeches for speech class that were about coaster. I did a big research paper on roller coasters that involved Biology and English. I had to prove how roller coasters' G forces didn't hurt people. The whole project took 6 weeks, but I had most of my information in front of me so it was pretty easy.

I'm going to have Physics this year and I hope that we have some kind of roller coaster oriented project.

As for 2002 coasters, if you don't want to see people talk about coasters, you should think about not coming here. Doing things in school about stuff we're interested in makes the off season go a lot faster.

BrandonR, that was hilarious!

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*** This post was edited by CPgenius on 8/17/2001. ***
Friday, August 17, 2001 6:25 AM
I'll be writing a coaster simulator for my senior project here at Georgia Tech.

Otherwise, I had the obligatory trip to SFoG for my AP Physics class back in high school.

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