Stories about Ohio's people, places, and events inspired by the Manuscripts Collections of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums.
Monday, July 23, 2018
Frohman Summer Series: "Hands on History" Features Roller Coasters
Steve Oberst Demonstrating How Coasters Use Kinetic Energy
Students Creating Their Roller Coasters
Students Working with Sierra Lobo Sponsors
The second session of the Frohman Summer Series "Hands On History" focused on roller coasters. The Charles E. Frohman Collection housed in the Manuscripts Division at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums contains the oldest pictures of the world famous Cedar Point Amusement Park. From 1892 to the present day, coasters have been a top attraction at Cedar Point.
Students, age 6 to 11, used the photos of these early coasters to gain firsthand knowledge by connecting history to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Steve Oberst then demonstrated the impact of speed, kinetic energy, and gravity. Students used a variety of materials and applied the knowledge they'dd gained in this STEM project to create their own coasters.