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Saturday, April 9 • 12:40pm - 1:25pm
The Physics of Roller Coasters

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In this session, I will share the work I have done developing an NGSS-style unit around the phenomena of roller coasters and how they work without an engine. Through student-directed discovery and exploration, students learn about the roles that important physical science concepts play in the working of a roller coaster such as energy, forces, and momentum as well as human issues of safety. Through the design cycle, their work culminates in the creation of their own new coaster that showcases the laws of physics and their engineering creativity!

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Dr. Rachael Tarshes

Teacher, San Diego Unified School District
Dr. Tarshes teaches 8th grade science at Mann Middle. Previous to coming to the district in 2008, she taught in Seattle, New York City, and China. She has her EdD in Instructional Leadership and is a NBST.

Saturday April 9, 2016 12:40pm - 1:25pm PDT
Room 55-524 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020