The Goal:  


In this assignment, you will use information from a website to try your hand at brainstorming.  The question you want to answer (called an essential question) is:

What makes an amusement park roller coaster such a big attraction?

The websites below shares interesting things about roller coasters that you may not know.  These bits of information are what you will put on your mind map.


1.  Explore the site below called Amusement Park Physics.  See what you can learn about roller coasters.  Be sure to try the activity called Building a Roller Coaster.  It's challenging, but fun!

2.  As you explore, keep asking yourself the question above.  As you find answers, put them in your mind map.  There can be many ways to answer this question, so don't worry about finding every possible bit of information.

3.  Be sure to look at the bottom of the site for other questions that will help you answer the essential question above.

Prewrite:  Our First Brainstorm


This page updated:  08/10/2020

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4.  Create a mind map in Mind Mup 2.0.  Put the essential question,


What makes an amusement park roller coaster such a big attraction?


in the center bubble of your mind map.  


5.  Use the 5W's & H method to complete your mind map.  Copy and paste the questions below into each detail bubble.  Use one bubble for one piece of information.  Make sure what you add to the detail bubble matches the information. 


6.  Answer each of the the 5W's and H questions below.  Please use your own words to describe what you read.  Create at least 3 detail bubbles for each 5W & H question below; add more if you can!

  • Who is in charge of creating new roller coasters?

  • What happens when a roller coaster is created?  Built?  Inspected?

  • When did the first roller coasters come to be?

  • Where does physics play a role in designing roller coasters?

  • Why don't amusement parks come up with new roller coasters every year?  Here's an infographic that can help you answer this.

  • How does a roller coaster get designed and built?

7.  Want to see it in action?  Watch this short video.







8.  When you are done, submit a shareable link to your mind map in the assignment box below.  Use the "Your Answer" feature to copy and paste a shareable link from your Mind Mup file.   Click on this link to learn more, or use the icon on the right.


Roller Coaster Engineering