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Technology, Science and Engineering

On-site Roller Coaster

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August 2, 2020

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August 6, 2020

Do you have what it takes to build the next dare-devil roller coaster? In this engineering challenge you'll need to construct a mini roller coaster to deliver a ball-bearing from table height to the floor in the longest time possible. You'll need to include a series of obstacles (loops, slides and a change in direction).

Have you ever wondered how roller coasters work? In this engineering challenge, children will first study some simple laws of physics and how they can be used to manipulate a ball-bearing to plan the worlds best at home roller coaster.  Children will begin by doing simple experiments guided by the mentor.  Children will need to hold the knowledge gained in each experiment and apply it to their own roller coaster at home.  By working within the few rules and regulations, children will produce a simple sketch of their roller coaster, test it and make any adjustments needed. Two prototypes will then be presented to the mentor before the final version is shared with the TSR staff while timed to see how long it takes for the ball bearing to get from the table (measured height) to the floor.  Do you think you can control gravity AND beat all of the other contestants in this challenge... I guess we will have to find out!