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.
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
is an activity that tasks students with
observing multiple rides in the park and
A Walk in the
document will give some insight into electronic data
collection and analysis. Students should review this
before they attempt the Scavenger Hunt.
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.
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.
C. (2011) Amusement
Park Physics, 2nd ed. American Association of
Physics Teachers. ISBN 978-1-931024-12-9