This week both my physics classes went to the Tech Museum in San Jose for a class on roller coasters and to check out the Body Worlds Decoded exhibit. The class started with a short lecture on roller coasters with a lot of class participation and then students had 10 minutes to build a short roller coaster. After some more discussion on roller coasters and energy the students were asked to build roller coasters with a loop! If they succeeded with time to spare they were given a challenge card (2 loops for example). As you can see in the photos, this was done with pretty inexpensive equipment, foam hose insulation cut in half for tracks and whatever building toys (tinker toys in this case) you might have, masking tape and a marble. Classes like these at museums are great, I’ve never been disappointed. The Tech Museum field trips are a great deal, only $5 per kid and chaperones were free, we got the 90 minute class, free IMAX film and got to wander around the museum afterwards.
The Body Worlds exhibit was pretty cool as well, may have to go back next year when we’re doing biology since I believe its going to become a permanent exhibit.