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

Coaster Creates A Craze

My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
I think it is a very good teaching tool. I really appreciate the portion of the site that allows students to "fix" the track. I also think that the kinetic and potential energy bar graphs are instructive. I would like to see a part added where students can take measurements, perform calculations and verify the given values for velocity and energy.
My Take
This is an excellent teaching tool for General or Honors Physics students. It allows students to explore/review mechanics in a virtual setting that many love - A Virtual Amusement Park!!! I think that this activity is wonderful for a small group or individual activity. I would not use this with my AP class, however, because it does not go into enough detail.