Only a year ago, wrote about the ambitious 7th grade geometry students at Glenfield Middle School who won the Cedar Point Amusement Park/K’NEX Great Thrill Ride Build Off.
Those students used imagination, physics, math skills, and their boundless 13-year-old energy to design and construct a winning roller coaster out of K'Nex. Cedar Point, located in Sandusky, Ohio, put the roller coaster model on display at the park. The students won a variety of prizes.
That winning roller coaster, dubbed the New York Air Ball Roller Coaster, utilized a spherically-shaped vehicle, a transparent ball, rather than a roller coaster car. Using a telescope shaped joy stick that was mounted inside the Air Ball gave the virtual experience of zooming through a life-sized arcade game.
This year the students have entered the contest again—and their design is one of five finalists.
But Glenfield math teacher Courtney Washington says the students need your votes to win it.
She's asking the public to vote—once per day and every day—for Glenfield's design. You must go to the following website, click "vote," enter your email, and type in the daily provided code on the website every time you vote, or it won't work. You can use the same email every day.
The Glenfield students' roller coaster this year, called Do Ur THANGS, is built entirely out of K'Nex.
Washington said your help is deeply appreciated and that voting ends on April 24!
First inspired by her son’s love for building with K'Nex, Washington loves the idea of using the materials in a learning capacity. “It’s great because they have fun, but really learn the math as well," she said.