Outdoor Classroom S.T.E.M Activities

    The Outdoor Classroom can be an exciting and educational time for students. Make the most of the instructional opportunities available. The activities were written to focus on interesting aspects of various rides at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.

    The S.T.E.M Center will be located near the entrance to Wonder Woman. Various information and assistance will be available.
    Dr. Diabolical's Cliffhanger is the newest ride. Here is an activity to analyze the ride.      Dr.D Cliffhanger.pdf

    Students will need the app Graphical Analysis from Vernier for their phone.
    Here is a Graphical Analysis file with ride data. 
            Dr. D Cliffhanger copy.gambl
    Here is a video of the train at the bottom of the lift hill. Students may also take their own videos. Assume 30 frames/sec.    Dr. D.mp4

    This is an activity that tasks students with observing multiple rides in the park and identifying phenomena.        A Walk in the Park.pdf

    This document will give some insight into electronic data collection and analysis. Students should review this before they attempt the Scavenger Hunt.                graphingclues.pdf

    A  STEM Scavenger Hunt is available for Elementary, Middle School and High School students. Students will answer short questions and find specific rides that match established criteria and data. This may be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to the traditional workbook. Information will be available at the STEM Center.

    Here is the Elementary version.                  
 STEM Scavenger Hunt_Elem.pdf

    Here is the Middle School version.                  
 STEM Scavenger Hunt_MS.pdf

    Here is the High School version.                      
 STEM Scavenger Hunt_HS.pdf  


    Here are links to the graphs needed to complete the Scavenger Hunts. There are also paper copies available at the STEM Center.

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    The Outdoor Classroom Workbook is available with a variety of activities that STEM students can conduct related to rides at Six Flags Fiesta Texas.  No specialized equipment is required. Students will need to record observations, estimations and various time aspects of the rides. There will not be enough time for students to complete everything, so the individual teacher should choose what best suits the needs of their students.


   Thanks go to Clarence Bakken of California for his help and inspiration. He got me hooked on using an amusement park as a STEM laboratory.  I hope you enjoy your day of fun with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and discovery at Six Flags Fiesta Texas! Clarence's book can be a valuable resource.

Bakken, C. (2011) Amusement Park Physics, 2nd ed. American Association of Physics Teachers. ISBN 978-1-931024-12-9



Rick Rutland, Five Star Education Solutions