Type:

Interactive

Description:

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

Subjects:

  • Education > General
  • Mathematics > General
  • Science > General
  • Science > Physics

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10

Keywords:

student-facing physics energy kinnetic potential roller coaster science

Language:

English

Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0
Update Standards?

SCI.6.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including journals/notebooks, beakers, Petri dishes, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, hot plates, test tubes, triple beam balances, microscopes, thermometers, calculators, computers, timing devices, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and

SCI.7.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including life science models, hand lens, stereoscopes, microscopes, beakers, Petri dishes, microscope slides, graduated cylinders, test tubes, meter sticks, metric rulers, metric tape measures, timing devices, hot plates, balances, thermometers, calculators, water test kits, computers, temperature and pH probes, collecting nets, insect traps, globes, digital cameras, journals/notebooks, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and

SCI.8.2.B: Science

design and implement comparative and experimental investigations by making observations, asking well-defined questions, formulating testable hypotheses, and using appropriate equipment and technology;

SCI.8.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including lab journals/notebooks, beakers, meter sticks, graduated cylinders, anemometers, psychrometers, hot plates, test tubes, spring scales, balances, microscopes, thermometers, calculators, computers, spectroscopes, timing devices, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and

SCI.9-10.5.A: Science

recognize and demonstrate that objects and substances in motion have kinetic energy such as vibration of atoms, water flowing down a stream moving pebbles, and bowling balls knocking down pins;

SCI.9-10.5.B: Science

demonstrate common forms of potential energy, including gravitational, elastic, and chemical, such as a ball on an inclined plane, springs, and batteries;
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
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.
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December 12, 2017
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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 to experiment on what factors affect the change in energy. I would probably have students compare two roller coasters that they made and submit a small paper (a couple paragraphs) on the different effects they tried out and what impact the changes had on the speed and change in PE and KE.

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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

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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 know that my freshman physics course actually builds a model roller coaster, so this is a tried and true exercise.

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