What do you think of when you hear "Disney World?" Mickey? Minnie? Cinderella's Castle? Rides?
Disney travelers spent the morning exploring how concepts from their science curriculum, like speed, velocity, kinetic energy, inertia and gravity, are also very important Disney terms.
They started the day with the Youth Education Series and using IPads and their knowledge from Mrs. Pires, discussed how Newton's Laws of Motion play a role in constructing roller coasters.
After a few experiments, they had the chance to experience two of Hollywood Studio's famous rides: Tower of Terror and Rockin' Roller Coaster (rides that some groups returned to again and again as the day went on).
As Umarr pointed out, inertia, gravity and force played a role when they dropped on Tower of Terror. It explained why a simple seat belt is all that you wear, why your stomach does that "floppy thing," and why their lanyards flew up when the ride was dropping down.
One YES teacher, Chris, pointed out that "we can use our imagination and technology to address gravity." That technology and imagination is behind many attractions, including creating the force on Rockin' Rollercoaster to get cars of 32 people to accelerate from being at rest to moving 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds. Any guesses what that force is?
Students also looked for all the details that go into the "story" of each attraction. They soon realized that Disney Imagineers are a diverse group and all contribute to the attraction's story.