Students were given the task of coming up with a new roller coaster design for Kentucky Kingdom
By Toni Konz Tatman | JCPS Communications
About 100 sixth graders at Noe Middle School spent the past six weeks creating and designing new roller coasters as part of a hands-on science lesson that was judged Tuesday by representatives from Kentucky Kingdom.
Teacher Kathy Ames gave students three options to choose from as part of the project, which encouraged them to not just create a new design, but also some up with an original name and slogan. They could design a T-shirt, poster or build a model.
They also had to create several loop-de-loops, describe potential and kinetic energy, label each of Newton's Three Laws of Motion and explain how each of the three laws affect the roller coaster.
The projects, which were created by students at home, were judged on attractiveness and design.
Ames said as the project evolves, she hopes that she will be able to devote class time to this project.