Story last updated at 12/5/2012 - 2:13 pm
The Roller Coaster Riot will roll into action on Dec. 10, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event featuring 135 elementary students, grades 3-5, will showcase the students' creativity and understanding of physics to create roller coasters out of paper.
The Roller Coaster Riot is a collaboration between the Juneau School District's Extended Learning program and STEM AK, a program of the Juneau Economic Development Council. Over the course of three weeks, STEM AK Education Specialist Bob Vieth has worked with three EL teachers (Amy Jo Meiners, Kathy Iliev and Becky Engstrom) to introduce 135 EL students to the laws of physics through dynamic, hands-on lessons.
Focusing on Newton's Laws, the students will design and construct roller coasters from card stock and will incorporate turns, loops, hills, and funnels. The event will not only push students to use what they've learned in the classroom, but is an opportunity for students to work together as a team to share design ideas, tips and strategies. The event is not a competition, and shows students that learning can be fun. The public is invited to observe the event.
Funding for this special program has been made possible in part through a NASA Summer of Innovation grant.
For more information, visit stemak.org or contact Bob Vieth: 907 523 2342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.