Science Project Ideas?

Tuesday, September 17, 2002 4:46 PM

I'm doing a science fair project and I brought up the idea of Roller Coasters and the effect of blood pressure. My teacher said it could be done but I want to think of a few other ideas as well. Something having to do with the human behavior is the direction I'm going in. If anyone has any ideas they would like to share I would greatly appreciate it.


Tuesday, September 17, 2002 5:33 PM

Ride a coaster for a hundred days and see if you've got serious brain damage. ;)

Okay that was a bad one but I can't think of any others dealing with human behavior. That's a hard one, but best of luck to you!

(If you come up with a good one send it to Markey)

Tuesday, September 17, 2002 5:39 PM

Seriously though, here's what i would do (maybe I will:)):

1. Contact a park (preferably one with good customer service).

2. Get yourself a few nurses, and set up a booth at the entrance of the queue line and at the exit.

3. Take blood pressure at both points.

4. Ask how much they enjoyed the ride (maybe as an indication of thrills vs. blood pressure) and record it.

5. In order to get an accurate result, I would think you need at least 200-300 subjects, so bring lots of paper:).

Good luck, it's about time we bring rollercoasters to the classroom.

How many rides must a man go on, before you may call him a fan?

Wednesday, September 18, 2002 2:02 PM

That's a good idea CycloneWacko, my home park is Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay which seems to be very friendly so I don't think it will be a problem.

As for the nurses, my teacher told me that another science teacher has equipment that is specifically for testing blood pressure that you don't need a certified operator for.

I think I saw something like it on the Travel Channel's show for Euro Coaster Kings when they tested the heart rate of a rider on Oblivion.

*** This post was edited by HuLk on 9/18/2002. ***


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