Q4 STEAM: Roller Coaster Vocabulary
Energy loss: Energy loss is when energy is converted from one form to another or moved from one place to another, there can be some energy loss (e.g. when the coaster wheels run on the track some of the energy is converted to heat on the metal rails of the track)
Friction: Friction is the resistance that one surface or object encounters when moving over another.
Gravity: Gravity is the natural force that causes things to fall toward the earth.
Kinetic energy: Kinetic energy is the energy of motion.
Mass: Mass is the amount of matter an object has.
Potential energy: Potential energy is stored energy.
Velocity: Velocity is the speed of something in a given direction.
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Competencies & Standards
MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and
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
Websites and Documents
- Amusement Parks Physics
- ck-12 Physics Simulations
- Design a Roller Coaster
- Five-step Engineering Process
- How Roller Coasters Work
- How Stuff Works - Roller Coasters
Videos From Outside Sources
- Dad Builds Backyard Roller Coaster YouTube 11:30
- How Can a Roller Coaster go Upside Down without Falling? PBS Kids Video
- I Built a Huge Lego Roller Coaster Floor to Ceiling YouTube (10:53)
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