POTSDAM - Clarkson University will host its annual Roller Coaster Camp this week. Approximately 110 local students and teachers will participate in the weeklong event. The participants will be organized into companies and tasked with designing an original model of a functioning roller coaster.
The hands-on camp activities will provide students with an opportunity to learn 21st century skills, such as problem-solving skills, teamwork, and computer literacy. The camp also includes a day-long trip to Six Flags Great Escape in Lake George to research and collect data on real roller coasters. The visit to the amusement park will provide a real-life biometric data collection and analysis opportunity.
There will also be a presentation by Frank Hardick, a roller coaster engineer who designed many of the rides at the park, including reconstructing the wooden roller coaster, The Comet.
On Saturday, the camp concludes with a showcase day for family, friends, and teachers to see what the students have achieved over the week. This day includes additional roller coaster challenges and an awards ceremony.
The camp is sponsored by the Clarkson University IMPETUS (Integrated Math and Physics for Entry into Undergraduate STEM disciplines) Program, which is funded through a NY State STEP grant. The camp is in its eighth year. It is supported by the Clarkson Office of Educational Partnerships and St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.