Connecting Play and Wonder to STEM Thinking
See, Think and Wonder
Wonder: I wonder how many steps it would take to climb to the top of Kingda-Ka.
Observe and research: Need to find data on the Kingda Ka Rollercoaster
Notice and Gather Information: It is 456ft tall. If I knew the size of steps, I can figure out how many steps to the top of Kingda-ka.
Do the Math: Assuming each step is 1/2 ft, 2 steps/feet, it would be 912 steps. 456*2=912 steps
Explain & Evaluate: It would take 912 steps. That would be a lot of steps. If we were to increase the size steps to 10 inches, we can also revise our thinking.
Revise and Report: With larger steps of 10 inches, we could take 456*12inches=5472 inches. If we assumed the steps were 10 inches each, we would have about 547 steps up to Kingda Ka!
I also read that each step climbed burns 0.17 calories per stair climbed- so my next wondering is how many calories would I burn if I climbed the Kingda Ka?
|Park section||Golden Kingdom|
|Opening date||May 21, 2005|
|Type||Steel – Launched|
|Track layout||Strata Coaster|
|Lift/launch system||Hydraulic launch|
|Height||456 ft (139 m)|
|Drop||418 ft (127 m)|
|Length||3,118 ft (950 m)|
|Speed||128 mph (206 km/h)|
|Max vertical angle||90°|
|Capacity||1,400 riders per hour|
|Acceleration||0 to 128 mph (0 to 206 km/h) in 3.5 seconds|
|Height restriction||54 in (137 cm)|
|Trains||Four trains, with five cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows (except for the last car), for a total of 18 riders per train.|