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The Roller Coaster of Love
How to get an "A" on the final project, in ten simple steps:
1. Obtain building materials.
We used 10 pounds of popsicle sticks.
For the more masochistically inclined, I recommend round toothpicks for the superstructure.
2. Choose an appropriately time consuming method of constructing the track.
We used copper wire rails poorly soldered to copper wire ties.
Never touch another group member with a hot soldering iron.
3. Select a title for your coaster, preferably something pseudo-creative, derivative,
4. Come up with an ambitious design, two loops minimum.
5. Remember to make the first hill disproportionately tall.
6. Have some means to take the car to the top of the first hill, and stop it once
it reaches the end of the track.
7. If you are going to turn, do it in style.
8. Spend any additional time you may have adding character to your coaster.
9. Enlist your friends to help with the in-class finishing touches.
10. Some states may require you to obtain a special license for safe roller coaster
A special thanks goes out to Ms. Hovenac and Mr. Manek, the best ex-engineers I've
met, for not incapacitating one another while working on the project. And for toughing
it out though all that hot gluing.