How much energy does a roller coaster car need to make it through a loop?
High Road students learned about kinetic and potential energy as they built their own roller coasters from simple classroom materials. Each student had piece of cardboard to use as a base, pieces of card stock for the “tracks,” scissors and tape for assembly, and a marble to act as the “car.”
Quinn is testing in the photo above using kinetic and potential energy. Quinn’s objective is to develop a model to illustrate that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.