Monday, May 21, 2007

20 Years of Physics at Kennywood Park

With summer rolling around and amusement parks in high gear all over North America, many schools/physics classes are starting their "amusement park" physics. I suppose it is one way to illustrate various principles of physics to the students while they have fun at the park.

Still, one park in particular is marking its 20th Anniversary of students doing their project there. The historic and lovely Kennywood Amusement park in Pennsylvania this year welcomes thousands of students over a 2-day Education Days at Kennywood.

Twenty years later, Kennywood welcomes approximately 14 thousand students over two “Education Days” at Kennywood. On Tuesday, May 22, thousands of students will participate not only in Physics, but also in other Math and Science programs. Programs include: Physics, Mathematics @ Kennywood, Math & Science Passport, the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation’s Architecture Program, Phipps Conservatory’s worksheets entitled Plants at Kennywood, Space Exploration a NASA demonstration, Carnegie Science Center’s program Fire & Ice, Understanding our Watershed presented by RiverQuest & 3 Rivers Wet Weather and, in celebration of Pittsburgh’s 2007 Year of Glass, the Pittsburgh Glass Center will present Hot Glass Demonstrations.

Applause to both the organizers and the park officials for sustaining this activity into a huge event.


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