Q4 STEAM: Roller Coaster Simulation

2. Visual Learning


1. Watch the introduction in the simulations below and then select the arrow and text to GO TO SIM and in the following simulation lets you change some of the elements to test your design knowledge.
Note: The CK12 site may require you to sign-in using a Google or Microsoft account. The content is free to use.


Click the link below for the virtual activity

Roller coaster image from interactives.ck12.orgLink to the webpage

Link to the app version: CK12 Site URL

2. Loop the Loop Challenge. Will your coaster fall off on the loop or have enough force to make it through the loop and get to the end safely?


interactives.ck12.org roller coaster in a loopSelect the link below for this coaster challenge

Link to the webpage

Link to the app: CK12 site URL



When you have finished your coaster activity, ASK yourselves the following and write it up in your note taking document:

  1. How did the six different elements that you had to consider impact the success of your coaster?

  2. Describe the effects of potential and kinetic energy in both successful and unsuccessful attempts in the design of the coaster.

  3. Describe how the use of the simulation helped you learn about potential and kinetic energy.

*Be sure to use spell and grammar check on your document, include an image of your best coaster.

Check with your teacher on how to turn in your

  • Note Taking Document,
  • your drawing
  • your  Coaster Testing document.

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

4. Innovative Designer
a. Know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems
b. Select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks
c. Develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process
d. Exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems

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