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Roller Coaster


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Students in Computer Aided Drafting and Design will be responsible for designing and producing the blue prints for a roller coaster that can be built by the students in the Materials & Processing class next term. You will be expected to gather and use information from the physics course and industry experts via email and the WWW. The final student project is expected to achieve five goals.

1. Your design must achieve a minimum score of a "B" in category of FUN.

2. Your design must achieve a minimum score of a "A" in the category of SAFETY.

3. The entire design must fit into a area that is 48" by 98" by 48". A track width must accommodate a "H" scale wheel trolley.

4. The entire design must include detailed orthographic drawings with dimensioning

5. You will use a daily log book to keep track of what you did each day, how long you spent doing a operations, where you collected information from and most important what you need to know and do for the next day of work.



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INVESTIGATION (What you need to do:)


The first step in solving this problem is to gather information.

1. Go to this site Virtual Roller Coaster and make a roller coaster on line.

2. Make up a list of what questions the computer program asked you in designing a virtual roller coaster.

3. Look at the data that you received from the physics class. Do you have enough information to meet the specifications?

4. Make a series of orthographic sketches of your team's design. (remember to keep track of who is doing what in your log book)


Roller Coaster Web Sites

Listed below are web sites to help you contact Roller Coaster parks, clubs and designers.

American Coaster Enthusiasts
Amusement Link: One Source
Amusement Park Books
Amusement Parks in the U.S.
Coaster Central
Coaster Cover
Coaster Weather!
Discovery Channel Build a Coaster
The World Wide Guide to Parks, Roller Coasters, Rides, Technology & Topics

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PLANNING (What you need to do:)

Meet with your design team and discuss possible ways of communicating a three dimensional roller coaster on to a two dimensional drawing. Use the data from your investigation of coaster design to decide what information you will need and how to present it on your drawings. Give credit to those symbols of ideas that you use from outside your team.


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You now want to put all your work into a presentation portfolio. Points of concern should be:


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Make sure you check the Rubric periodically.

Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office, Friends of Fermilab, United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, and North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC) which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).


Authors: Jennifer Caskey ( and Mark LeFeber (
School:  Mahtomedi High School
Created: March 26, 1999 Updated May 2, 1999
URL: /lincon/w99/projects/coasters/student2.html