Visitors created head spinning thrills as they built their own rollercoaster—from design to testing, and then re-testing. Visitors found out how slopes, loops, hills, curves, gravity and speed make a difference on how things move as they navigated balls through a variety of track designs. They made discoveries about force and energy, about friction and stability all the while having lots of fun.

The Motion Mania! exhibit was developed by Ontario Science Centre.

What you learned:

  • Observation, investigation, questioning, and experimentation
  • Physics—gravity, speed, momentum

This exhibit was on view May 16 – September 6, 2015.

A group of girls working together to create rollercoaster arcs.

Children collaborate on creating their own rollercoaster to try out in the Motion Mania! Gallery. They are learning about velocity of balls through trial and error.

A Museum Educator helping two visitors create their rollercoaster arcs.

Children and a museum educator are predicting and comparing the ball’s velocity based on variations of the rollercoaster’s slope. Through repetition patterns are discovered.