Engineering Skills Through Problem Based Learning

Navigate the ups and downs of learning about energy. Future engineers consider how potential and kinetic energy apply to roller coasters. They design a roller coaster of their own and then use computer design software to showcase their ideas.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Take a field trip to an amusement park to consider the physics of the rides
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should have experience with computer-aided design software
  • Note that part of the unit suggests teleconferencing with classes at different schools
Pros

  • Includes a quiz for the physics vocabulary
  • Promotes teamwork and communication skills
Cons

  • None