The roller coaster project is a unit that Rita Wakefield started in order to teach students design, teamwork, economics, time management, and construction. She begins with the design phase where each group makes a plan. Next, groups start buying pieces of track from Mrs. Wakefield with a limited amount of “money”. Students then go to work and start building the roller coaster to their design plan. In the end, Mrs. Wakefield will grade each roller coaster by placing a marble on the structure and letting it ride the coaster. If it reaches the bottom students will receive a good grade, but if it falls off students lose points if they have not found a way to control the speed of their roller coaster.
by Devon Abrams
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