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Have You Seen This? Working 'roller coaster’ in a school gym

By Martha Ostergar, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Sep 22nd, 2019 @ 1:11pm



THE GYM — Teachers and school administrators are trained to keep their students safe while learning.

The best teachers can do that and add a lot of fun to the learning experience at the same time. But sometimes there’s a big fuzzy line between the fun and the safe. For example, we’ve all seen chemistry teachers, online or in person, make some sort of giant fireball in the classroom, which doesn’t smack of safeness.

This featured video takes that big fuzzy line and crosses it with brazen swagger.

The scene: a school gym.

The project: a student-build roller coaster.

The base structure: stacks of desks and chairs.

It’s not clear who approved of this project, which is apparently part of a school festival. And it’s even more unclear why using stacked desks to make the base of the supporting structure seemed like a good idea, but the project moved forward nonetheless.

The video doesn’t show how they built it. Instead, it shows a student taking a ride on maybe the slowest roller coaster in the world (thankfully). Despite the slow pace, it’s still an amazing ride including a turn that sends the rider backward for part of the run.

The coaster cart is also slightly reminiscent of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” ya know, without the guns and lava. So if you watched that movie as a kid and wanted to ride that minecart with Indy, Willie and Short Round, you may get an extra kick out of this video.

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Martha Ostergar is a writer who delights in the ridiculous that internet serves up, which means she's more than grateful that she gets to cruise the web for amazing videos to highlight for your viewing pleasure.

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