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Paper Roller Coaster Design Challenge is completed in teams of no more than 4 students working together to create a roller coaster out of paper templates for a marble to roll through. The teams must do all construction of the roller coaster during the 3-hour time frame provided during the competition. Certificate awards are given for the tallest, most creative, greatest teamwork, and longest run time. A trophy and medals are awarded to the team with the highest point value based on a variety of factors such as time, reliability, roller coaster elements, construction quality, and excitement factors


Dates for the 2022-23 School Year

Marshalltown Central Rivers AEA, Middle School: November 4, 2022

Clear Lake Central Rivers AEA, Middle School: November 10, 2022

*No high school level event for 22-23 school year


Paper Roller Coaster Final Results and Records
Reference the information sheet that includes rules, regulations, and schedules.
To see more and purchase the Paper Roller Coaster templates, check out Paper Roller Coasters

2021 Winners

Middle School

1st – Clarksville, Team A
2nd- Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta
3rd- GHV, Team B

Teamwork Award: Gladbrook-Reinbeck
Tallest Coaster: Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta
Longest Run Time: Clarksville, Team A
People’s Choice: Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta
Variety of Elements: Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta

High School

1st – Waverly-Shell Rock
2nd- Dike-New Hartford
3rd- Union, Team B

Teamwork Award: Cedar Falls
Tallest Coaster: Dike-New Hartford
Longest Run Time: Waverly-Shell Rock
People’s Choice: Cedar Falls
Variety of Elements: Dike-New Hartford