Minecraft Math - Slope

14-18 yrs old

Math & Economics

Students plan and create their roller coasters and must evidence of different types of slope and use of rise over run.


Submitted By: Dean Vendramin

March 10, 2017


  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

Supporting Files

Roller Coaster Lab

The guidelines and requirements of this math lab.

Learning Objectives

  • Outcome: WA20.9 - Saskatchewan Curriculum Demonstrate concretely, pictorially, and symbolically (with and without the use of technology) an understanding of slope with respect to: rise over run rate of change solving problems. [C, CN, PS, V]

Guiding Ideas

How does the concept of slope affect the making of a roller coaster?

How does rise over run relate to slope?

What different types of slope can you find?

Student Activities

Your team has decided to bid on a contract to design a roller coaster for a new theme park. The park owners want to build a rollercoaster that includes ups and downs from gradual to steep. As part of your bid for the contract, your team will present a design for the rollercoaster that will include three levels of slope designed from mild, exciting, and extreme.

Performance Expectations

Part 1 – Planning (10 Marks)
-    Sketch out a rollercoaster with at least three ‘bumps’ with different slopes (3 Marks)
-    Figure out the potential slope of each ‘bump’ (6 marks)
-    What are some of the challenges / problems you think may happen (1 Mark)

Part 2 – Construction (25 Marks)
-    Test and Tweak potential slopes (3 x 5 marks)
-    Use signs to show slopes of at least three different ‘bumps’ (3 x 2 marks)
-    Will it work (4 marks)

Part 3 – Analysis (10 Marks)
-    What problems occurred when building your rollercoaster? (2 Marks)
-    How did you solve them? (4 Marks)
-    How did different slopes effect the ride? (2 Marks)
-     What did you learn about slope? (2 Marks)
Create an Office Mix Screencast and answer all questions on the screen cast plus take us on a ‘ride.


  • Creativity
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

External References

Supporting Files

Roller Coaster Lab

The guidelines and requirements of this math lab.


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Posted By Arda Ergez

November 22, 2016 11:06 PM

It was excellent. Thank you.


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