BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Sixth-grade students in the Briarcliff Manor school district are collaborating, exercising their budgeting skills and applying their knowledge of energy as part of a hands-on engineering and design challenge in science class to build roller coasters.
“They are asked to apply the rules of the Law of Conservation of Energy, as well as potential and kinetic energy,” said science teacher Julie Gallagher.
Using this knowledge, students are working in small groups to build roller coasters out of basic materials like flexible tubing, masking tape and paper towel tubes that can sustain a marble on the track.
The coasters must meet certain requirements, such as having at least one loop, one turn and one hill.
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