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Coaster Crafter

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Cleverly draws on love of coasters to teach velocity, force, motion
Field Note
Overall Rating 5
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time
Less than 5 minutes
Great for
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with

Teacher Review for Coaster Crafter

Coaster Creates A Craze

Submitted August 30, 2013

My Take

This is an excellent teaching tool for General or Honors Physics students. It allows students to explore/review mechanics in a virtual setting that many love - A Virtual Amusement Park!!! I think that this activity is wonderful for a small group or individual activity. I would not use this with my AP class, however, because it does not go into enough detail.

How I Use It

I think it is a very good teaching tool. I really appreciate the portion of the site that allows students to "fix" the track. I also think that the kinetic and potential energy bar graphs are instructive. I would like to see a part added where students can take measurements, perform calculations and verify the given values for velocity and energy.
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