Roller Coasters Are Back! 6th Grade Science Students Build Roller Coasters

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Ms. Cho's Science Class

Physics comes to life in creative and exciting ways in this annual project Ms. Cho creates for students. Sixth grade science students work for weeks to construct working roller coasters (their passengers are marbles) that will be showcased in an annual judging. Students must consider the following in their scoring: 

  • Roller Coaster Name
  • Reliability
  • Ride Duration
  • Engineering (overall design and construction, materials, quality of construction)
  • Creativity (Could this be a possible ride purchased by and amusement park? Does the marble leave the track at any time?)
  • Vertical Loops
  • Track Design (open vs. closed)
  • Size parameters met (max 36"x36"x60")
  • Superlative Award (Judge's Favorite)
Students showcasing their rollercoaster
Students showcasing their rollercoaster
Students showcasing their rollercoaster
Students showcasing their rollercoaster
Students showcasing their rollercoaster
Students showcasing their rollercoaster
Students showcasing their rollercoaster
Judges scoring roller coasters based on criteria
Students showcasing their rollercoaster


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About the Author

Jess Taylor Cho bio

Jess Cho, 5th & 6th Grade Instructor, Earth & Physical Science, Student Leadership & Entrepreneurship Coach, Science Department Chair

Jessica graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Sciences. She continued her education at the University of Northern Colorado, where she earned a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology. She worked for seven years in Douglas County Schools before coming to Aspen Academy. Jessica loves coming to work in a place where every child is cared for and encouraged to grow. Outside of school, she loves to run, sing, and go backpacking.

She recently completed her Educational Specialist Degree in Educational, Counseling and School Psychology with an emphasis on Mental Health Practices in Schools from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Education

B.S., Natural Sciences, Colorado State University
M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Northern Colorado