Coaster Creator is an interactive game that explores the science behind roller coasters. Use your knowledge of potential energy and kinetic energy to design your own coaster. Rapid energy transfer is the key to roller coaster thrills but be careful — too much kinetic energy and you’ll crash, too little and you'll stall. Play this beta version of the game and find out if your coaster will be a smash or a snore! http://www.jason.org/PublicPage/Curriculum/CoasterCreator.aspx


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  • Science > Physics

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student-facing physics energy kinnetic potential roller coaster science



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-05-20.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This is a game that allows a student to create a roller coaster and try it out. Using the game builder requires a flash player on the student’s computer; it also requires going to the Jason website and registering. Although you can use the username "press" and password "press" to get in and try it out. Let me know if you have any trouble. Thanks! The game is fun to play and teaches about the conversion between kinetic and potential energy.
December 12, 2017
Anna Gould
March 31, 2014
This is a great visual aid for students to understand potential and kinetic energy. In addition, it is engaging students to create a roller coaster on their own in order…
Mr. B Schneider
April 10, 2009
I like this link. I plan to use it soon in my physical science class. I hope it will help them make the connection between Kinetic and Potential energy.. Thanks
Maverick McNealy
This is a great resource (and a lot of fun) to establish a basis for understanding of energy. I would recommend this for middle school physics classes especially, and I…

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