University of Calgary

Students ride rollercoaster to learn physics

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 2012-05-24 16:01.

May 24, 2012

Physics doesn’t have to be taught in a classroom. In fact, getting outside is an exciting way to learn. Just ask the 1,200 junior high school, and senior high school, students from within Calgary and beyond – Airdrie, Banff, Fernie and Medicine Hat – that will converge on Calaway Park this Friday to use many of the park’s rides to study the laws of physics. This is the eighth year for the University of Calgary’s popular Rollercoasterology program.

Photo opportunity & Media availability: Friday, May 25

WHAT: Students riding amusement park rides and testing various concepts of physics with the help of workbooks written by Dr. Phil Langill, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Calgary.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday, May 25.

WHERE: Calaway Park, 20 minutes west of Calgary on the Highway 1.
Go to the University of Calgary “Help Zone” which is by the big rollercoaster.

WHO: Students and teachers will be available for interviews, as well as University of Calgary physicists. Participating students will have signed waivers to appear in front of the media.

Media contact:
Phil Langill
Physics & Astronomy Professor
University of Calgary Cell: 403-874-1877