ROLLER COASTER 2.0

MAY 10 - JUNE 14, 2018

In 2017 a group of homeschoolers built a 50 ft prototype track using 2x4's and 2x3's.

  • Ages: 8-14
  • Dates: Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24, 31 June 7, 14
  • 6 sessions
  • Time: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Location: Knoll Farm, 700 Bragg Hill Rd, Fayston, Vermont
  • Tuition: $250/ siblings $125

This spring we’re building a 200+ ft roller coaster track that weaves through the forest. This project is an opportunity for kids to learn applied engineering skills through the construction of a structure that is life-size and rideable.

Our first group task will be to scout the woods and determine a course for the track. We will take measurements to estimate how many feet of track we'll need. Students will be asked to consider the trees and the natural landscape as they design the route of the track. Each week they will work in small groups on different aspects of the project such as the production of track supports, design of the cart and installation. Students will develop safety protocols for the ride. They will use sandbags to identify stress points on the track and to determine a weight limit. They will also design safety belts for the riders and establish general guidelines for use of the coaster.

At the end of the program our goal is to have a safe and exciting ride that we could share with families and friends. This project is inspired by the DIY coasters made at Tinkering School in California. “Kids are more capable than they know.”