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Building Roller Coasters by Scott Weeks, Florida Engineering Society

January 12, 2019

We began the new year with January Science Saturday, which was all about “Building Roller Coasters”. The presentation was led by civil engineer Scott Weeks and his colleagues from the Forest Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society (FES). Students designed, built and tested roller coasters in small groups. They also learned about principles of potential and kinetic energy that dictate how high a roller coaster must climb to complete of a successful loop or other course feature. We appreciate the volunteers from FES and the participation of high-school student volunteers from Marion County high schools.