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Gaining momentum

Physics students design roller coasters

Physics teacher David Spurlock has his physics students wrapping up the semester by applying everything they have learned and incorporating it into one giant project. Students are building roller coasters using what they have studied about gravity, Newton’s Three laws of motion, acceleration and forces.

“The point of this project is to have your marble go down your roller coaster, around a loop and over two hills,” junior Luke Brown said. “It also has to be at least six feet long and the marble has to stay on the track all the way to the end. And we have to do it at least three times.”

The students brought supplies from home and hunted up more from teachers on campus and then worked together to create the most efficient roller coaster. 

“My roller coaster is going to be made out of a pool noodle and tape,” junior Maylene Caceres said. “My favorite part of this project was when I helped my teammates and did the best I could do.”

Different groups used different supplies. Brown’s group created their project out of Hot Wheel track.

“My favorite part of the project so far has been taping the Hot Wheels track to the board and playing around and seeing how fast we could get the marble to go and stay on the track,” Brown said.

Freshman Julia Fravel’s group is creating their roller coaster out of plastic tubing. She said working with her classmates was her favorite part of the project.

“I really enjoyed working with everybody,” Fravel said. “I liked learning everybody’s ideas about how we were going to do this project.”

Students are starting their roller coaster demonstrations today in class to show off what they’ve built and what they have learned. Senior Mason Ayles said he has enjoyed the project.

“My favorite part has been using ingenuity to figure out how to make an actual roller coaster that will support the ball,” senior Mason Ayles said. “I’m hoping to learn more about the intricacies of physics and velocity and momentum, specifically.” 

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Ryan Brown, Editorial Team
I’m Ryan Brown. I’m a senior and have been in journalism for three years. Within journalism, I am a writer and editor of articles, I direct for broadcast, I run the journalism TikTok, I write for and am a co-anchor of the Bison Insider podcast, and I help with the yearbook. I also do UIL events (current events, social studies, film, and journalism) and theatre. In my spare time, I write and hang out with my friends. I am planning to major in journalism in college. I love music, especially rock and metal, and alternative fashion.  
Yuliet Gonzalez, Editorial Team
I am fifteen years old and a sophomore this year. This year is my second year doing journalism as well as FCCLA. Being a part of the FCCLA team was really fun and I look forward to making many more fun and exciting memories. In my free time, I love to paint, draw, and color. One of my favorite things to paint is sunsets and oceans. My favorite genre to read in my free time is murder mysteries. I am also doing powerlifting; I enjoy lifting heavy weights, especially if I am competing with it. One of my favorite foods is Mariana's mom’s chicken and beans tostadas, I could eat them ALL day. My favorite snack is rice crispy treats dipped in white chocolate; yes they are really sweet and might make your teeth hurt, but they are too good to not risk a cavity lol.  
Alyncia Jackson, Editorial Team
In my spare time, I like to paint and do crafts. I also really enjoy family time. My favorite food is shrimp fried rice, and my favorite cuisine is Chinese. My favorite color is royal blue which is also the color I wore for my sweet 16. I love shoes, especially sneakers like Jordans; my favorite ones are the 4s. I also do speech and debate, cheer and volleyball. I also anchor the sports section of the Bison Insider. My favorite activity is volleyball – I want to go to college for volleyball at Blinn Community College and then Baylor University.