Coaster Creator

Coaster Creator is an interactive game that explores the science behind roller coasters. Use your knowledge of potential energy and kinetic energy to design your own coaster. Rapid energy transfer is the key to roller coaster thrills but be careful – too much kinetic energy and you’ll crash, too little and you’ll stall. Play this game and find out if your coaster will be a smash or a snore!

Rapid energy transfer is the key to roller coaster thrills but be careful - too much kinetic energy and you'll crash, too little and you'll stall. Students use their knowledge of potential energy and kinetic energy to design their own coaster. Only the most skilled Coaster Creators make it onto the competitive leaderboard! Teachers, don't forget to check out the downloadable resources for educators, available in the JASON Mission Center. Create an account in the JASON Mission Center (or log in now) and play!

Students will:

  • Design their own coaster cars to create a unique coaster. Anyone care to take a ride on the Blazing Blue Shark?
  • Make a track from scratch where they have to have just the right amount of energy to get the coaster going but make sure it stops in time!
  • Engage in a fun, meaningful exercise that translates the complexity of potential and kinetic energy into intuitive understanding
  • Observe real-time transfers of energy between kinetic, potential, and dissipated energy
  • Learn to interpret the data generated by their coasters in order iterate their design, try for great success, and improve their score
Highlights of Coaster Creator include:
Operation: Infinite Potential National Argonaut Madhu overcame her fear of roller coasters so that she can teach other students about their relationship to energy
Operation: Infinite Potential National Argonaut Madhu overcame her fear of roller coasters so that she can teach other students about their relationship to energy
Students customize their roller coaster carts to create a unique ride!
Students customize their roller coaster carts to create a unique ride!
Loops, hills, and screams all affect your overall score. Knowing the physics behind coasters is the only way to deliver a thrilling coaster while keeping your riders safe!
Loops, hills, and screams all affect your overall score. Knowing the physics behind coasters is the only way to deliver a thrilling coaster while keeping your riders safe!
The JASON Mission Center boasts a leader board to showcase a number of expert roller coaster creators. Who will be the top coaster creator this week?
The JASON Mission Center boasts a leader board to showcase a number of expert roller coaster creators. Who will be the top coaster creator this week?

 

 

Important Words in this Resource: 
potential energy, kinetic energy, friction, thermal energy, sound energy, energy conversion, energy transformation, energy conversions, Argonaut, Vasily Titov, rollercoaster, roller coaster, digital lab, game
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