Students Study Roller Coaster Science

On Friday, November 13, the 6th graders had an opportunity to take a trip to Yomiuri Land, an amusement park in Fuchu, as part of their study of roller coasters in Science 6.

Students spent the day gathering different types of data, which they later used to calculate the coaster’s velocity, potential energy and kinetic energy as it moves throughout its course. Relating these mathematical concepts to real-world, practical experiences is an excellent way to demonstrate the value of what the students have been learning. Our 6th graders were also able to gather some more qualitative data by actually experiencing the rides themselves.

It was a great day of “science in action” and hands-on experience, where students were able to see and feel the concepts we are discussing in class. And…it was also lots of fun! (Jessica Gould, MS Teacher)