Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM. David Wick & Michael Ramsdell Clarkson University (Physics) Katie Fowler & Peter Turner Clarkson University (Mathematics). Environmental Problems Sustainability Issues Technology Explosion Massive Amounts of Data Medicine
David Wick& Michael Ramsdell
Clarkson University (Physics)
Katie Fowler & Peter TurnerClarkson University (Mathematics)
Massive Amounts of Data
We need an innovative workforce to create solutions to problems which are today unimaginable
School Year Program
Research project-conference participation
Roller coaster design competition
Campus visits /workshops
Mentoring and Tutoring
Roller Coaster Camp
Teacher Professional Development
Technology education through
Crazy Coasters Design Co.
(“Roller Coaster Architects”)
Concept Design, Drawing to Scale
Roller Coaster Design
Task: Modify the design for each segment to make the ride realistic.
Will the riders make it to the end of the track?
(“It’s all your fault Engineers”)
Safety Analysis: Is this a safe design? Will the riders pass out?
Task: Modify the design for each segment to make the ride exciting, physically possible, and safe.
- Calculate accelerations (g’s)
- Check critical points
…There’s safety in numbers!
What is the name of the unknown segment in the simulated Roller Coaster ride?
Collect altitude and acceleration data!
Saturday: Final Day and Awards Ceremony…
Final Jeopardy –
Can you say “Mooooo?”
Three primary after school activities for
students, coaches, and CU fellows:
1) Roller Coaster Design Contest (Grades 7-12)
2) Research Projects (Grades 9-12)
3) After School Competitions (Grades 7-12)
- Students and coaches meet once per week.
- Clarkson student fellows go to schools at least once per month.
Design and build a working roller coaster model that will transport a ½ in. diameter steel ball or glass marble safely (using the AAPT design guidelines).
Use low cost materials such as wood, wire, string, twine, doweling, toothpicks, cardboard, construction paper, glue, tape, etc.