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

Roller Coaster Fun!!

Debbie K.
Classroom teacher
Det World Outreach Christian Academy
Dearborn Heights, MI
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Any lesson or unit involving inertia, velocity, acceleration, momentum, friction, mass, potential and kinetic energy and gravity could use this site to help reinforce learning. This site offers students the chance to work at varying levels of learning. What works is that it starts with a design challenge that allows students to be introduced to the beginning STEM concepts. From there they work their way to the Coaster Challenge where the students take what they've learned in and put it into action. They end the unit with the free play where they utilize all of their skills.
My Take
This is a fantastic site that would be great in the classroom. Students have to work their way through the challenges before they can get to the free play section so it offers the students motivation to complete each challenge. It aligns with the common core curriculum and focuses on teaching students the basic foundation of STEM in a fun way. Students will be excited to learn using this site.