Where's the engineering in that? the theme park
Resources exploring the curriculum science at the theme park for students aged 11 to 14.
Discover the science behind your favourite theme park rides
Ever wondered about the science behind your favourite theme park rides? Find out why rollercoaster cars don't need an engine, what calculations engineers need to do to get the car to the top of the ride and why understanding moments is important when you're building a pendulum ride. These engaging videos and follow-up PowerPoints are aimed at students aged 11 to 14.
The theme park: Work done
How do rollercoasters get to the top of the ride? Video explaining why calculating work done is important in real life and how to do it.View
The theme park: Energy changes and transfers
How does a rollercoaster move when the cars don't have an engine? Video and PowerPoint with discussion questions and exercises.View
The theme park: Relative motion
What is relative motion and how can it be calculated? Video and presentation explaining relative motion and why it matters.View
The theme park: Moments
How do pendulum rides work? Video and presentation explaining moments, how to calculate them and why they are important for engineers.View