Educator Resources for Coaster Creator

Coaster Creator is an interactive game that explores the science behind roller coasters. Students must use their knowledge of potential energy and kinetic energy as they design their own coaster. Rapid energy transfer is the key to roller coaster thrills. Guide students to understand that if there is too much kinetic energy, their coaster will crash, and if there's too little, it will stall.

Potential and Kinetic Energy Lesson Plan: Coaster Creator Game

In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use an online simulation to design their own roller coaster car and track which uses just the right amount of energy to get a coaster going but make sure it stops in time. Students will observe real-time transfers of energy between kinetic, potential, and dissipated energy. They will also learn to interpret the data generated by their coasters in order iterate their coaster design, try for great success, and improve their score. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards.  See more »