Sky Coaster


Last time you went on an amusement park ride, did you realize it took engineers to design such thrill-producing rides and keep them safe? The Skycoaster is another example of such creativity and know-how. It consists of three, 300 foot-tall iron pylons embedded in concrete footings. Wearing a harness, flyers are held aloft on two independent steel cables, rated at 9,000 pounds apiece. Flyers free-fall 120 feet, with accelerating speeds up to 80 miles per hour. Now that’s engineering!

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil, Mechanical
Topic(s):Structures
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Florida’s Skycoaster is the world’s tallest skycoaster at 300 feet tall. Flyers have ranged in age from 4-91 years old.
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