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Roller Coaster Physics- Force and Motion STEM Project [Distance Learning]

Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
10 pages
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End your Force and Motion Unit with a BANG! This ready-to-implement resource is the perfect project to assess your students' knowledge of Force and Motion.

In this STEM activity, students will act as engineers (hired by a local theme park) to design and build a prototype for a new and more exciting ride. Students will be provided with 2-3 days worth of research and planning and will then work in groups to design, build, test and revise their project. At the completion of this project, students will present their designs to a "board of directors" and the winning design will be the newest feature of the local theme park. This STEM activity is a favorite in my Physical Science class and is sure to become a favorite in your class too.

⭐⭐⭐NEWLY ADDED: A Distance Learning Option that includes a paper roller coaster template that can be printed and built at home.

What's Included...

►Guided Lesson Plan (8 day lesson plan)

►Video Analysis Activity

►Roller Coaster Physics Webquest activity

►Phase I Planning Guide

►Phase II Planning Guide

►Schedule of Events

►Project Guidelines

►Rubric (design)---EDITABLE

►Rubric (implementation of physics terms: inertia, Newton's Laws, velocity, acceleration, friction, forces, calculations and MORE!) ---EDITABLE

►Distance learning option

Note: This resource is part of my FORCE & MOTION COMPLETE MEGA BUNDLE. If you have already purchased the unit bundle, please do not purchase this product.

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply scientific and engineering ideas to design, evaluate, and refine a device that minimizes the force on a macroscopic object during a collision. Examples of evaluation and refinement could include determining the success of the device at protecting an object from damage and modifying the design to improve it. Examples of a device could include a football helmet or a parachute. Assessment is limited to qualitative evaluations and/or algebraic manipulations.
Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects. Examples of practical problems could include the impact of collisions between two cars, between a car and stationary objects, and between a meteor and a space vehicle. Assessment is limited to vertical or horizontal interactions in one dimension.
Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact. Examples of this phenomenon could include the interactions of magnets, electrically-charged strips of tape, and electrically-charged pith balls. Examples of investigations could include first-hand experiences or simulations. Assessment is limited to electric and magnetic fields, and limited to qualitative evidence for the existence of fields.
Use mathematical representations of Newton’s Law of Gravitation and Coulomb’s Law to describe and predict the gravitational and electrostatic forces between objects. Emphasis is on both quantitative and conceptual descriptions of gravitational and electric fields. Assessment is limited to systems with two objects.
Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration. Assessment is limited to one-dimensional motion and to macroscopic objects moving at non-relativistic speeds. Examples of data could include tables or graphs of position or velocity as a function of time for objects subject to a net unbalanced force, such as a falling object, an object sliding down a ramp, or a moving object being pulled by a constant force.


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