Teacher: Jacki Solis
Cost: $230 or $210 if taking 2 or more classes
Mat Fee: $30
Have you ever wondered how Roller Coasters are built at Magic Mountain? Here's your chance to put on your design building hats. Students will learn about matter, motion, and the laws of physics by creating fun moveable projects and structures! Students will understand how the laws of physics affect us in our everyday lives, as they are involved in numerous hands-on projects and demonstrations to test and explore the fundamentals of physics.
In just 60 seconds on a roller coaster, you can experience heart stopping free falls, astronaut worthy G-forces, barrel rolls, hairpin turns and loop-de-loops.
These rides get our hearts racing and our adrenaline pumping, but roller coasters are more than just thrill-rides. Roller coasters are examples of physics in action. In this exciting class, students will study how roller coasters use the basic laws of motion and forces to create exhilarating experiences for passengers. How high must that first giant hill be to build up enough potential energy to get the coaster through the rest of the track? Why are loop-de-loops shaped like a teardrop, rather than a circle? Students answer these questions and many more as they design and build a variety of model coasters. To extend the lessons, we'll look at a suite of old fashioned toys - who doesn't like TOYS? We will construct 5 different toys including a Rubber-Band Powered Car, Spinning Tops,Catapults, Whirling Disks and more! Along the way we'll explore the amazing physics concepts that make toys GO such as rate, momentum and centripetal force!