Paper Roller Coaster Project

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Project Documents

When you are ready to fill out your team's Roller Coaster Calculator Spreadsheet, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Spreadsheet template (above).
  2. If you are using an iPad, click "Go to spreadsheet view"; if you are on a computer, skip to next step.
  3. If you are not logged in to Google Drive (aka Google Docs), log in now.
  4. If you are using an iPad, click "Continue to Desktop Version"
  5. Click File > Make a Copy, and name your copy with your Section Color and Team Name.
    Example: Red - Temple Run
  6. If you are on an iPad, click "Go to Spreadsheet View" and "Go to Desktop Version"; if you are on a computer, skip to next step.
  7. Share the spreadsheet with your teacher (delawrence@gmail.com) and your teammates. Only ONE spreadsheet per team please!
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Paper Roller Coaster Examples
  • Pictures
  • Video (unfortunately, these require Flash and do not display on iPads)

Some ACTUAL Roller Coaster Examples for Inspiration

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Calculating Coaster Speed

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Video explaining "dimensional analysis" -- how to convert mm/sec to km/hr!

Video explaining "dimensional analysis" -- how to convert mm/sec to km/hr!

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Wow Factor! Points

Wow Factor! Points are awarded for roller coaster features that make riders say "Wow!". More exciting parts of your ride earn more points than less exciting parts. To learn where the "Wow Factor!" name came from, you can watch this quick little clip from Modern Family:

Wow Factor Clip.mov

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Tutorial Videos:


How to CUT Columns

Columns - Cutting.mov

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How to FOLD Columns

Columns - Folding.mov

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How to Build Wide Curves

Part I

Wide Turns - How to Build ‎‎(Part I)‎‎



Part II

Wide Turns - How to Build ‎(Part II)‎


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