Curriculum Materials

Amusement Park Physics is a lively program that has swept the nation over the last four decades. It is designed to use rides and games found in amusement parks as a laboratory for your science students. It can provide a valuable educational experience; at the same time it is a lot of fun and can provide incentive for your students to become involved in physics. An extensive set of curriculum materials has been developed for you to use in your classroom during the school year in conjunction with Physics Day activities.

Jet Star II Ride You are encouraged to use the activities at Lagoon as the basis of classroom discussions and lessons on various aspects of physics. The contests provide an excellent motivation for lessons in rotational mechanics and centripetal force, in conservation of energy, in design of measurement devices, and in data collection and error analysis, just to name a few examples.

Utah State University provides the following resources:

  1. A free 175 page Amusement Park Physics Curriculum Manual, which includes:
    1. Exercises to do at Physics Day,
    2. More detailed workbook activities to follow up on lessons learned at Physics Day,
    3. Additional resources.
  2. A High School and Middle School Student Workbooks.
  3. An Amusement Park Video (VHS tape) containing several short films on related topics which we can mail to you for use in your classroom. Many of these videos are now available for direct download from this site.
  4. Detailed plans for construction of a Contest Buzzer Set.
  5. Links to related websites.
  6. An annotated bibliography of additional reference materials.

For additional information, or questions contact:

Event Coordinator
(435) 797-2857
physicsdayusu@gmail.com

JR Dennison
(435) 797-2936
jr.dennison@usu.edu

  • Updated 2/28/2014 - Utah State University Physics Department
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