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Paper Roller Coasters

Paper Roller Coasters

Paper Roller Coasters are a great addition to any Makerspace.  A great open ended project where no 2 designs are alike and totally fueled by imagination. They can prove to be a great resource for a course of study that includes physics, gravity, energy and friction. Not to mention this is a great way to grow teamwork skills.See below for resources to get your Makerspace started with, or STEM unit of study going with Paper Roller Coasters.


Paper Roller Coasters- A super duper Science Project from Science Buddies

This is an article from the Scientific American, includes STEM tie ins, instructions, and lots of enthusiasm.

Paper Roller Coasters- 7 Steps with pictures

From Instructables, nice commentary about the tie in with Newtons Laws, along with materials list and step by step picture instructions.

Newton Revenge Roller Coaster Project

from the Math and Science warrior teachers at Handford ESD in Hanford, Ca
These teachers put together a complete guide to their Newton Revenge Roller Coaster
project including rules, instructions, categories, and videos of past projects.

Paper Roller Coasters

Love the idea of Paper Roller Coasters but creating the templates seems a bit daunting. Check out this site that sells Paper Roller Coaster kits. You can purchase templates, classroom kits with templates already printed out, or go full Roller Coaster and get the Competitive STEM Roller Coaster Kit.