Teacher Review For Coaster Crafter: Build. Ride. Scream!

Interactive Physics Problem-Based Learning through Coasters

Jenny A.
Classroom teacher
Casita Center for Science/Math/Technology
Vista, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I plan to use this when I teach a physics lesson in 5th grade as a part of our STEM rotations. I will use this to teach vocabulary and also have them create a digital version of their roller coaster, problem-based learning unit, before they make their physical one.
My Take
I love this site! It really engages the kids on what all the vocabulary terms for physics mean in terms of roller coasters. I plan to use this for 5th graders so I don't know if the two characters at the beginning (not Bruno and Brunette) but the big guy and the tattooed girl are appropriate for the age group. I love how easy it is for students to follow and I plan to use their google apps account to get them started.