Eighth-Graders Construct Roller Coasters, Learn Physics

Eighth-Graders Construct Roller Coasters, Learn Physics photo
Eighth-grade students in Kristina Imandt's and Patricia Refino's physical science classes at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School demonstrated Newton's three laws of motion by creating roller coasters. 

Students were asked to design and create a roller coaster that demonstrated all three laws of motion while also including at least one loop. They worked in groups to develop a model that would produce the greatest speed. The groups also honed team building skills while engaged in this highly immersive science, technology, engineering and math activity.