Roller Coasters and Science

Posted by Annie on Apr 26, 2010 in Activity, California, Education |

And just like Dorothy, who clicked her heels and said, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home,” I too am thrilled to be back home. After a solid couple weeks of   negotiations, we finally settled on a short three-day (almost) jaunt to the Silicon Valley (Santa Clara/Sunnyvale) .  

Survivor Roller Coaster Ride

I love the excitement of traveling but nothing is sweeter than coming home to my own  bed and familiar surroundings. Not that the bed at the Embassy Suites was bad, it was very comfortable.

We had intended on going to California’s Great America on Saturday, but of course, as soon as we plan something computers come pouring in the door. Shawn’s bench was full for a solid week. It was unreal. So, we ended up going Sunday instead and I am so glad we did. The three of us were exhausted but it felt good, really good.

Did you know that California’s Great America puts on a private program for school groups called,  “Physics, Science and Math Days?” The program is held on Fridays, May 7, 14 & 21, 2010. We thought season tickets were reasonably priced, so we purchased them specifically so that we can participate in the Physics, Science and Math Days program. Diane Flynn Keith, author of Carschooling  once told me in passing that her sons participated in the program and really enjoyed themselves. I am really excited to be able to participate.

You can find more information at the following website:

Physics/Science/Math Days

Students at Great America have access to one of the world’s largest laboratories for carrying our real-world science experiments. While on the rides, they experience a dizzying array of forces. Where did they feel which kind of force? And ultimately, why did they feel those particular forces there?

Spending the entire day at Great America was a struggle, we were all tired and hungry at the end of the day. We were so happy the lines were short so we could hop right on most rides. The lines got a lot longer after 3:00 p.m., but that could be due to the heat and everyone was trying to cool off on the water rides, including us.

We thought the food was very expensive but we really didn’t mind spending as much as we did on the food, ($47.00 for a coney dog and curly fries, a corn dog with curly fries and a giant footlong hot dog on a crusty bun with sesame seeds). I was not happy.

The decision was made to spend the morning at the park in the future and leave around 1 or 2:00 p.m., saving not only our wallet and  our stomachs, but also our feet in the process. The walking really takes it’s toll. My feet are extremely grateful to my new pair of Skechers Shape Ups, they saved the day.

Does anyone else plan to attend the Physics, Science, Math Days at California’s Great America?

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