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

Entry event for a PBL project on coasters

Sandy W.
Classroom teacher
Catalyst Charter Middle School
Ripon, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Coaster Crafter worked well as an entry event for our PBL "the ride of your life" project. This was the opening event to gets students engaged in coasters and the physics behind them. Students were given opportunities to work through the various parts of the simulation to create a coaster. Immediate feedback was given when they did not succeed at building a coaster. Follow up discussion was important daily as students worked through the process.
My Take
This was an excellent simulation for our project on coasters and physics. A teacher needs to be comfortable implementing a game-based learning approach during the process, and students will be controlling their learning part of the time. The game is engaging and challenging. Lessons, suggestions, and resources are strong additions to this simulation.