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Q2 Thrill Rides Database

2. Visual Learning

Working with a Database

Database: A collection of information (data) that is organized around how things are related, 

1. Open this amazing Database of Operating Roller Coasters in North America.

This report has been created using the following search criteria:

Classification= Roller Coaster; Screenshot of the Roller Coaster Database Search.
Location = North America;       
Roller Coasters (All);
Current Status = Operating


Filtering is the process of selecting certain data based on certain criteria, such as roller coasters that are wooden.


2. Work with a partner or on your own and use the "Modify Report" link on the top right-hand side, and modify the search criteria to filter the data to answer the following questions. Write down your answers to compare your results with other classmates to see if your results match.

  • What company in North America has: Stand Up Steel Roller Coasters in Operation?
  • Does Canada have any Wooden Roller Coasters in operation? If so, how many?
  • Search to see where new roller coasters are being constructed with the following search criteria: Current Status=Under Construction; Location=United States; Classification=Roller Coaster; Design=Inverted;

3. Discussion or Reflections:

  • How are databases useful?
  • How was the ability to "filter" a database helpful?
  • What are some examples of when you have used a filterto get a specific  result? Perhaps when searching for favorite songs or movies? What filters do you use?

Proceed to the Science page to learn more about two types of energy that roller coasters use.

MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

3. Knowledge Constructor
c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods

5. Computational Thinker
b. Collect data or identify relevant data sets

6. Creative Communicator
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations