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Math - Third Grade 3.15

Scream Machines

Students will explore how engineers use math and science to build their favorite roller coasters. Find out what it takes to make scream machines when we investigate the kinds of energy and forces at work in our everyday lives. Explore force, motion and energy through interactive demonstrations of push and pull, potential and kinetic energy, and gravity and friction. Then use your physics know-how to design and construct a roller coaster, complete with bumps, rolls and loop-the-loops. (Grades 3-5)

  • Location: Virginia Air and Space Museum
  • SOLs Covered: Science: 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1, Mathematics: 3.14, 3.15, 4.11, 5.11 
  • Time Required: 1 hour. Goes well with the IMAX® film THRILL RIDE: The Science of Fun, the demonstration Master Machines, and the traveling exhibit CIRCUS! Science Under the Big Top! (Jan. 31 - May 2, 2004). Available as an outreach program to your school.
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