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STEM makes Aerosmith (and you) go 'round

Sometimes math and science can seem a little arcane. As it turns out, they can be magic – or at least help create magic.

The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney’s Hollywood Studios propels guests from zero to 57 miles-per-hour in 2.8 seconds. You’ll experience 5 Gs, ravel through three inversions, including half-vertical loops, half-corkscrews and a roll.

As you can imagine, that involves some serious math and science – so pay attention in school if you want to Walk this Way.

Here, have a look:

Angel, a mechanical engineer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, did just that, and now she works for Disney at the theme park. She explains it pretty succinctly: “I had a professor tell me that if I wanted to change the world and do something for the better, I could do it with math and science.”

She also explains just how that knowledge makes the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster do what it does.

The short version is this: Magnets.

Crazy, right? The slightly longer version is that it uses linear motor electromagnetic technology for that intense acceleration.

It’s more fun to watch her explain it herself:

Electrical, mechanical and facilities engineering all play a role in creating something like this attraction. As is pointed out in the video, a STEM career can actually give you the opportunity to design and maintain roller coasters and other exciting attractions and projects.

How exciting? Here are a few details about the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith:

  • Designer: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Lift/launch system: Linear synchronous motor launch
  • Height: 80 feet
  • Length: 3,403 feet
  • Top speed: 57 miles-per-hour
  • Inversions: 3
  • Duration of the ride: 1 minute, 22 seconds
  • Acceleration: 0 to 57 miles-per-hour in 2.8 seconds
  • G-force: 5
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