Rising to the Top

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Fifth grade students from Edith L. Slocum Elementary School utilized their engineering skills to create miniature “roller coasters” with assistance from Miss Julia and Mr. Steve representing Port Jefferson’s Long Island Explorium.

In order to prepare for the project, students watched an exciting video which highlighted roller coasters from around the world. The students discussed what made roller coasters both safe and fun, then shared their own experiences amongst one another. They were then asked to create a design for their own “roller coasters” using insulated foam tubing, tape, cardboard tubes and other materials which were supplied for the duration of the 60-minute time frame.