Roller Coaster Designer

 

Process


Part 1: Research
You must first do some reasearch to find out what types of coasters Cedar Point and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure have. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Click on this link to see the Data Collection Sheet #1.Save it into Word or check to see if Mr. Bendele has a copy ready for you to use.
2. Use the websites provided for you in the Resources section and the Data Collection Sheet to gather information about the types, heights, speeds, and lengths of roller coasters from Cedar Point and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure .
3. You will also need to research information about the roller coasters currently at Paramount's King's Island. This information will be used to compare the roller coasters from Cedar Point and Six Flags Ohio.
4. Click on this link to see the Data Collection Sheet for King's Island . Save it into Word or check to see if Mr. Bendele has a copy ready for you to use. You will use this sheet to gather information about Paramount's King's Island's current roller coasters.

Part 2:Enhance Your Physics Knowledge


We have been studying the basic physics of roller coasters in class. Before you can begin to think about your roller coaster design, you will do some web activities to increase your knowledge about the requirements of a roller coaster from a physics standpoint. Follow these steps:
1. Go to www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/coaster.html
Scroll down the page and click on the graphic that says, "Design a Roller Coaster." You must work on this activity until your coaster is correctly constructed. You will know it is correct when you get two thumbs up. Go back and make changes if you do not get it right the first time. Save this page on your H-Drive once you get two thumbs up. Put your name on it and send it to the homework folder.


2. Go to http://www.java.com/en/download/index.jsp

This site allows you to download Java on your computer that you need for the simulator.Click on "download now" and then "begin download". Once finished downloading Java, click on the following link and follow the directions.

www.Funderstanding.com/k12/coaster/
This site loads very slowly, so you will need to be patient! Make adjustments to the current coaster using the buttons. Save a copy of your coaster design on your H-Drive once you create one that works well. The first hill must be the tallest one. Put your name on it and send it to the homework folder.

3. Go to http://virtual.questacon.edu.au/rollercoaster/main.html and following the directions for how to create a roller coaster. Click on "Ride the Roller Coaster" when you think you are done. If you are happy with the speed and curve of the ride, save a copy into your H-Drive and send it to the homework folder.

4. Go to

http://kids.discovery.com/games/rollercoasters/buildacoaster.html

Build a roller coaster by dragging the pieces where you want them. Click on "submit your coaster" to view the ride and the Fear-O-Meter. Build several different coaster and save your best one on your H-Drive

5. Go to

http://puzzling.caret.cam.ac.uk/game.php?game=roller

Build a roller coaster by completing all of the levels of play. Save or show Mr. Bendele when you complete all levels.

6. Go to

http://www.nolimitscoaster.com/

On the left, click on "Downloads" and then Download Site 1 (Windows). Choose "Run" and follow the directions to download the trial version. When done installing, choose to make a link to the desktop and close out of the program. On your desktop, click on "No limits simulator demo" and have fun.

 

Part 3: Design Your Coaster


You are now ready to design your coaster. Follow these steps:
1. Look at the information you gathered in Part 1. Think about the types of coasters that Cedar Point and Six Flags Worlds of Adventure have. Think about the coasters Paramount's King's Island has. What type of coaster is not present at King's Island? What type of coaster would you like to design? Begin this process by completing the Coaster Recommendation Sheet . Click on the link to see what it looks like. Save it in Word or check to see if Mr. Bendele has a copy ready for you to use. Fill out this paper first.
2. Now that you have your idea, you will draw a picture of the track layout and train design. Mr. Bendele will give you two pieces of paper. On the first piece, draw the complete track layout. It should be very neat, and it should also be colored. On the second piece of paper, draw a close-up of the roller coaster train. It should be very neat and it should also be colored. Label all parts of your drawings so that they are very easy to understand..