Classroom Learning is a Roller Coaster Ride

Designing roller coasters at Cherokee Creek Therapeutic Boys Schoolby Ben Briggs, Social Studies Teacher, Cherokee Creek Boys School

Have you ever thought what it would be like to design roller coasters? Doesn’t that sound like an exciting job? What if it’s done in a classroom learning environment?

Our boys have been doing just that in our Social Studies class this week. They have been using a program created by Disney to design roller coasters. This is intended for students to connect science and engineering to their imagination.

While they are having fun creating roller coasters, little do they know, they are also learning about physics. While the cool look of the ride is one thing, the boys must also measure the force, velocity, and trajectory to make the roller coaster work.

Designing roller coasters at Cherokee Creek Therapeutic Boys SchoolAt Cherokee Creek Boys School, we are fortunate to have teachers that use creativity and fun to teach the boys something new everyday. Projects like this not only excite the students, but they also energizes the staff, as well.

How special it is to walk into a classroom and see students having almost as much joy learning how to design roller coasters as they would be with riding one!

Who’d have ever thought that classroom learning could be so much fun!

It was Walt Disney himself who said (and it couldn’t be more true), “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”

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