Zipline with Science Journal

What’s it like to be an amusement park engineer? In this design challenge, participants are tasked with creating a fun zipline experience. Their job is to create a model version of the transport vehicle for a zipline. However, like an engineer, participants must keep in mind that their experience can be fast, but it still needs to be stable, safe and enjoyable. Using Science Journal, an app that can use the sensors in everyday smartphones, participants can find out if their zipline ride can stand the test of amusement park guests.


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Zipline Descent with Science Journal


Force and Motion

age range



safety issues


Balance, friction, kinetic energy, potential energy, sensors, accelerometer, data science


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