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May 9, 2000

Cedar Point To Host Physics Day For Students

Sandusky, OH -- This is one class that no one will want to skip. On Thursday, May 18, Cedar Point, voted the "Best Amusement Park in the World, will host more than 6,000 students for Physics Day. On this day of learning and fun, students from around the Midwest will converge at the historic park with accelerometers, protractors, calculators and other scientific equipment to apply the laws of physics that they have discussed and diagramed throughout the school year to the world's largest collection of rides (68) and roller coasters (14).

Developed in cooperation with Dr. Robert Speers, associate professor emeritus of physics at Bowling Green State University-Firelands College in Huron, Ohio, and the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Physics Day at Cedar Point is used by many teachers as a final exam, laboratory exercise or as a reward for a year of hard work in the classroom. The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has credited Physics Day as a national educational and instructional program. Special presentations and exhibits by NASA representatives will also be featured at Cedar Point's Physics Day.

Physics students will definitely be drawn to the new Millennium Force, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the galaxy! Dubbed a "giga-coaster" for its extreme height, this $25 million steel giant takes riders up a 310-foot-tall lift hill at an amazing 45-degree angle. Once at the top, the coaster plunges riders down a stunning 300-foot drop at a mind-boggling 80-degree angle at speeds of an unheard of 92 mph! From there, thrill-seekers will travel over four skyscraping 10-story-plus-tall hills, through two dark tunnels and around three extremely overbanked turns!

"Millennium Force is a physics students dream come true," quips Dr. Speers. "With its massive height, unbelievable speed and incredible angles, Millennium Force is a perfect example of physics at work and at play!"