If an open-air passenger train is traveling 95 mph and reaches a height of 325 ft then makes an 81-degree drop what might be the force applied to a person inside the train?
To find the answer you’ll need to do a little research by riding the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, The Fury 325, at Carowinds… or you could ask a Neuse Charter School fifth grader.
Neuse Charter fifth and ninth graders attended Carowinds Education Days on Friday, April 7, 2017 and not only learned some new science lessons, but reinforced some that were taught earlier in the school year.
For years Carowinds, located on the North and South Carolina border, has offered a hands-on educational experience on select days from March through June that comply with North and South Carolina and Georgia Standard Courses of Study, as well as National Science Standards.
Nearly 70 Neuse Charter fifth graders worked with adult leaders from Atomz Lab to learn about kinetic energy, force and motion, spiral funnels, roller coaster track friction and mass velocity acceleration speed. The students spent time at various stations inside the park understanding these scientific principles and conducting simple experiments before being unleashed to watch and participate as the theories were applied to such rides as the Nighthawk, the Intimidator and the Vortex.
“Today fits in well with our science curriculum,” said Mr. Chris Kiser, fifth grade science and social studies teacher. “Gravity, momentum, inertia…the students are able to experience the effects of all of this.”
While the experiments were fun, they certainly paled in comparison to experiencing the lessons first-hand on some of the tallest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Even if you weren’t a roller coaster thrill seeker, the lessons weren’t lost on rides like bumper cars (force and motion) and the Southern Star, a ship that flips upside down allowing riders to experience gravitational pull.
Many students loved the experience of joining their classmates for a day of education and fun.
“This was the best field trip ever!” said Hunter Brogden.