The Mad Tea Party is in nearly all of Disney’s theme parks, and while you may think it’s a kiddie ride, the rides goes fast enough that it causes most adults to hesitate before stepping on. We’re going to build a couple of accelerometers you can take with you on your next trip to an amusement park. You can use them not only at amusement parks, but also in the car or your next spin in the office chair.
You only need a couple of simple hardware-store supplies, like water, string, a tube, hot glue gun, a bottle… and so forth. Watch the videos below for complete instructions and materials list.
You’ll also need the step-by-step videos that will walk you through each step so you can make it in less than 5 minutes. These will be able to measure the g-force, or the acceleration, of an object.
Once you’ve completed the cork accelerometer, you’ll want to make one that is calibrated so you know how many g’s you’re pulling in a turn:
Once you’ve built these, you can now experiment with them! Go for a ride in the car, an office chair, or just spin in circles to see how many g’s you can pull. Fun!
Back to the Mad Party Teacup Ride at Disneyland… No, the purple cup isn’t the fastest. The cups are actually on one of three small turntables that rotate clockwise, and each small turntable holds six cups. These three small turntables are all on one large turntable, which rotates counter-clockwise.
You can imagine a solar system with three planet, and each planet has six moons. Each planet has six moons orbiting all in one direction, and the three planets orbit a central sun in the opposite direction. You are on one of the moons in this ride – how does it feel?
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