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Imagination Station Visit


If you ask a 6th grade student from Horizon Science Academy Springfield what they know about physics, they may want to show you. Students recently read about how roller coasters use kinetic and potential energy. Then they had fun applying their reading skills to a project in class. This project was led by Jeffrey Stevenson from Imagination Station. Students were given a presentation and then the tools to create their own rollercoaster with at least one hill and one loop. Each group of students had to label the areas that had maximum potential energy, maximum kinetic energy, potential energy and kinetic energy. Then the students had the opportunity to walk around to each roller coaster and evaluate whether the labels were correct, if the coaster worked and how they could make improvements. The students loved the activity and learned a lot.


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