Roller Coaster Design and Minecaft


Amusement Parks are filled with lots of heart pounding fun, as well as multiple opportunities to learn about science and engineering. In this exciting camp, learn about the physics of roller coasters while exploring kinetic and potential energy, and centripetal force. At camp you’ll build and test, physical and “virtual” roller coaster models. Using various computer programs, including Minecraft, you will create virtual roller coasters, build scale models with K’NEX and experience the thrill of the turns, loops and drops! The camp day is divided into 3 periods. Two thirds of the day is spent working on science and engineering of roller coasters and approximately one third of the day is dedicated to working with Minecraft. No prior experience is necessary! All skill levels are welcome.


  • Gain the ability to define and explain examples of kinetic and potential energy, and centripetal force
  • As a group build a working roller coaster model with K’NEX
  • Explore the real-world effects of physics on a roller coaster using Rollercoaster Simulation Software
  • Using Minecraft build the ultimate roller coaster

Topics Covered

  • The Physics of roller coaster design - kinetic and potential energy, and centripetal force
  • Build scale models of roller coasters with K’NEX
  • Create virtual roller coasters - work with computer simulation software and Minecraft on roller coaster designs

Software Used

  • K’NEX
  • Minecraft
  • Web-based roller coaster simulation software

Locations & Dates For 2018:

Sidwell Friends School - Washington, DC - Day Camps

June 10 – June 14

Greenwich Academy - Greenwich, CT - Day Camps

June 17 – June 21

Valley Forge Summer Camp - Wayne, PA - Day Camps

June 24 – June 28

Germantown Friends School - Philadelphia, PA - Day Camps

July 8 – July 12

Kingsley Montessori - Boston, MA - Day Camps

July 15 – July 19

Lake Highland Prep - Orlando, FL - Day Camps

July 22 – July 26

Springside Chestnuthill Academy - Philadelphia, PA - Day Camps

July 29 – Aug 2

Pingry School - Basking Ridge , NJ - Day Camps

August 12 – August 16