Roller Coaster Physics: Ferris Wheel
What you get
Become a thrill engineer and build twisty, turny roller coasters. Construct a mechanical Ferris wheel that lifts marbles to the top. Then add tracks, pegs, towers, and more to send marbles zooming around the ride. Explore kinetic and potential energy as you make two kinds of roller coasters: one that crosses over itself like a figure eight and another with a loop-the-loop. Ready to build a rad ride of your own?
From the desk of the product designer:
Behind the design
“The pegboard design was inspired by old-school wooden coasters and their scaffolding. Plus, all the hours we spent playing Roller Coaster Tycoon as kids! ”
By the numbers
Roller coaster designs tested: 12
Kids who tried out the crate: 20
Marbles lost: 3
The kids were so excited to put this together! However, they were a bit disappointed because when the marbles get to ground level, they tend to stop before getting to the wheel, no matter how hard we tried to make the support surface flat. Also, it would be ideal to have the face portion of the wheel tightly secure to the back so the marbles can exit smoothly.
My 8 year old son loved putting this together with his cousin. He asked for more kits!