This is a fun and engaging experiment for studying the movement of a rollercoaster and where the energy comes from to power it.
Read aloud or have students read The Case of the Rockin' Rollercoaster. This is about a detective who is called to the amusement park to settle a dispute between a brother and sister. They are arguing about how a rollercoaster moves. The girl says because of potential and kinetic energy, the boy says from a motor. Students are asked to complete the experiment for themselves and come to conclusions. They record their findings on an observation sheet which is provided.
*** Need vinyl tubing and stainless steel balls to complete experiment
-The Case of the Rockin' Rollercoaster story
-Student observation sheet
-Detective Grimes' explanation
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