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Amusement Park Physics with a NASA Twist
Educator's Guide

Educator's Guide

  • Includes worksheets for seven rides
  • Two weeks of classroom activities that reinforce the skills needed for data collection
  • Activities and background material make a NASA connection to the rides
  • Answer keys, tests, trip planning forms, and more

Educator's Workshop

  • Introduction to the Amusement Park Physics Educator's Guide
  • Illustrate how an amusement park experience can assist in teaching physics concepts
  • Hands-on activities for use in classrooms
  • Introduce educator's to NASA resources for amusement park physics

The Educator's Guide is available in pdf format:

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A NASA educators guide for amusement park physics has been prepared for grades 7-9. A file in Acrobat format (PDF) of the Amusement Park Physics with a NASA Twist is available for download. The file size is about 1.9 MB so it may take a little time to download.

If you need a little bit more information about it before downloading the file, here are some sections of the guide (in small files):

The guide contains these major sections:

  • Introduction
  • Correlation to National Education Standards
  • Background
  • Basic Skills
  • Classroom Activities
  • NASA Connection
  • Ride Work Book (including worksheets for non-attending students)
    Sample worksheet and a sample worksheet for non-attending students.
  • Answer Keys
  • Tests (including pre-test and post-test)
  • Forms and Extra Material
  • Resource List
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NASA Official: Richard DeLombard
Last Updated: July 17, 2009