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Lakeland Physics Students Make Paper Roller Coasters

A Lakeland High School student explains the paper roller coaster recently built as a physics project.
A Lakeland High School student explains the paper roller coaster recently built as a physics project. Photo Credit: Contributed

SHRUB OAK, N.Y. -- Lakeland High School students recently built paper roller coasters.

The project was a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activity in Frank Prost's physics classes.

Students used their knowledge of physics and engineering to construct a roller coaster out of nothing but paper and Scotch tape.

Over the course of the project students applied their knowledge of Newton's Laws, uniform circular motion and energy to create a roller coaster which allows its marble passenger to travel more than 30 seconds.

The Paper Roller Coaster project is just one of the many engaging activities that Prost uses in his class to bring physics to life.

“Many students who do not excel with the mathematics or language portions of this class were able to exceed the expectations and requirements of this assignment,” said Prost.

“Students learned how to work with their hands and develop solutions to problems as they revealed themselves, which is a skill that is necessary for our ever developing society.”

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