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Students get fun lesson in physics at Calaway Park

It’s a fun day of learning at Calaway Park for junior and senior high school students from across the Province Friday.

It’s the 10th anniversary of Rollercoasterology, where kids apply physics to real life situations and enjoy theme park rides.

Dr. Phil Langill with the department of physics and astronomy at The University of Calgary designed the workbooks students use for the day.


“Calaway Park has these gargantuan fantastic machines that throw people around and make them dizzy, and what we do is try to dissect them and try to learn about the physics behind the scene and see what is going on that keeps you safe, while you think you’re gonna die,” he said.

Langill says older students do the math behind the rides, while younger students learn about the components used to make rides work.