Take Students on a Wild Ride with the Pitsco Roller Coaster Track Activity

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Get students aboard a ride that helps them learn physics and mathematics as they design and easily create their own thrill ride with the Roller Coaster Track by Pitsco Education.

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A fun way to apply physics and mathematics concepts, students will enjoy and remember this activity’s concepts.

Get students aboard a ride that helps them learn physics and mathematics as they design and easily create their own thrill ride with the Roller Coaster Track.

For years, teachers have cut thick foam tubing and struggled to create roller coasters in the classroom, so Pitsco Education developed its flexible rubber track for just that purpose. The extruded rubber of the Roller Coaster Track cradles the “car” (a ball) as it swoops up and down hills, through loops, and around the curves of a roller coaster designed by students. A fun way to apply physics and mathematics concepts, students will enjoy and remember this activity’s concepts.

The Roller Coaster Track is sold in four different lengths – 20, 30, 40, and 50 feet – and comes with metal, wooden, and Delrin balls that simulate cars of different masses. Teachers can use objects such as chairs or boxes to support the track. Or, they can purchase the Roller Coaster Track Stands Package, which has a 36-inch stand, three 20-inch stands, and the hardware and fasteners to secure the track.

The included user guide contains three activities covering potential and kinetic energy conversion, how to connect slope to velocity, and the limits of safety. For teachers looking for more in-depth lessons, Pitsco Education offers the Roller Coaster Engineering Teacher’s Guide by engineer and author Celeste Baine. This 69-page color guide delves further into energy, forces, speed, g-forces, and other STEM concepts.

To learn more about the Roller Coaster Track and the Roller Coaster Engineering Teacher’s Guide, visit http://www.shop.pitsco.com or call 800-835-0686.

Note to media: Visit http://www.pitsco.com and http://www.pitsco.com/aboutus/news.asp or contact Communications Manager Tom Farmer at tfarmer(at)pitsco(dot)com. High-resolution images of the Roller Coaster Track and Roller Coaster Engineering Teacher’s Guide are available upon request.

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