Inspired by Curious George Roller Coaster by H. A. Rey
Read the book, Curious George Roller Coaster.
Curious George wants to ride a roller coaster with his friends. But he is not tall enough! He tried different ways to grow taller, but they did not work. How was his problem solved? What are other ways Curious George (or others) could have solved the problem of not being able to ride the roller coaster?
Your engineering task is to design a new roller coaster that George and his friends could ride. You will build a prototype suitable for a marble to travel from the start to the finish.
Did you know that most roller coasters have a theme—Space Mountain and the Incredible Hulk are two examples.
Explore this site that has the WORLD’S best roller coasters.
What did you notice? Which one was your favorite? Why? My favorite was ___ because ____.
Let’s think through the following for your design. I will take notes for you so you can focus on thinking like an engineer.
Now that we have some general design features, draw a sketch of your roller coaster.
PAUSE! Remember the goal is for the marble to travel from the top to the bottom. What you have noticed? What is working well? What is not working so well?
What might you do about it? What changes can you make? What might George say about your roller coaster?
Imagine you are presenting to a local amusement park, how will you grab their attention and build excitement about your roller coaster?
The first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York on June 16, 1884. It traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.
Kingda Ka is one of the world’s tallest (456 feet) and fastest (128 miles per hour) roller coasters. Yet, it may be one of the shortest at 50.6 seconds.
The longest roller coaster is the Steel Dragon 2000 at 8,000 feet long. The duration of the ride is 4:00 minutes.
Thank you for participating.
When you are done with this project, gift the book and the directions to your friend to make the idea of engineering roll like a marble traveling on a roller coaster..
Engineers design and work on a team to build theme park rides and attractions at Walt Disney World. If you want to learn more, check out these videos…
…and ask a few questions. What was the coolest thing you learned? How would you explain a theme park engineer to one of your friends? Would you want to be an engineer that designs roller coasters? Why?