NHS students create a thrill

Norwalk High School students are hoping to ride their creativity all the way to Cedar Point.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Apr 5, 2011


Norwalk High School students are hoping to ride their creativity all the way to Cedar Point.

Students in Chris Jackson's industrial technology class recently constructed a model amusement park ride using K'NEX building sets as part of a contest sponsored by the construction toy company and Cedar Point Amusement Park.

The coaster is named "Insurance Adjuster."

Participating schools in the first-ever Cedar Point K'NEX Great Thrill Ride Build-Off were asked to design and build a ride and submit a photo/video of the project on www.knex.com. The five winners will have their rides displayed at the Sandusky amusement park during Cedar Point's Math and Science Week, scheduled from May 16 to 20.

"Amusement park rides aren't just fun to ride, they are also fun to create and a great way to teach important math and science principles," said Michael Araten, president and CEO of K'NEX.

The build-off ran from Jan. 31 through Sunday. It was designed for middle and high school classes and student organizations such as a science clubs. Upon registration, participants received a discount coupon they can use for the purchase of materials from knex.com. No purchase was necessary to compete, however.

During Math and Science Week, special educational programs, demonstrations and activities designed for middle and high school students are presented at the park. Other exhibitors include NASA's Glenn Research Center of Cleveland, COSI (Center of Science and Industry) of Columbus, the Detroit Science Center and others. A Weather Education Day will also be held during the event.

For additional information about Math & Science Week at Cedar Point, visit www.cedarpoint.com/mathscience.

Prizes include K'NEX building sets and gift certificates and complimentary admission tickets to Cedar Point.