6th graders create Alpine Slide

Posted on May 26, 2017, in Academics, Lancer Life

A few weeks ago, James W. Parker Middle School students were building boats for their own Sailboat Regatta. Now, students continue STEM learning and practicing the engineering design process in another hands-on, math-enriched activity.

Sixth Graders in Mr. Triola’s class applied their math skills to the engineering design process to build Alpine Slides and Alpine Slide Carts for racing. The process began with each student building to specification, one section of the overall slide and then joining sections to form four tracks of 25 feet each. Over 100 feet of track was built and tested by the students!

After the track was built, students then designed and developed carts. With the help of Mr. Roboto, the students gathered scaled body measurements for riders so they could accurately design a cart to fit the average person and then tested the cart for effectiveness in both design and safety.

Once each student gathered and reviewed both the personal and group race data, they modified and improved their cart designs in hopes of winning the Alpine Slide.

The plan is to get the carts and slides outside next week for racing!