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Test your knowledge of physics by making your own roller coaster. You can make a roller coaster out of just about anything, but below you'll find a list of materials to use as cars, to make tracks, to support your tracks, and to make hills. You may find some materials work better together than other materials, especially depending on the size of your track and cars.
This table gives you a list of suggested materials to use as cars, tracks, adhesives, and supports to make your roller coaster. You will not use all of these items, but hopefully this can help you make your roller coaster with items you already have and/or can easily obtain.
|Ball bearings||Poster board||Glue||Books|
|Metal B-Bs||Cereal boxes||Clay||Chairs|
|Foam insulation tubes||Wood blocks|
You may find it very tricky to build the track just right so that the car can make it all the way through without falling off. Ride makers of roller coasters face these same challenges: how to make a fun, thrilling ride that is also safe. But by following the laws of physics, ride creators can make rides both fun and safe without a lot of trial and error, which is a good thing for the riders!