Magic and Science Coexist at Sum of all Thrills
Disney attraction marks its fourth anniversary
Standing before a touchscreen monitor, 14-year-olds Veronica Parks and Jonathan Scharf used physics to design an extreme ride.
Calculating their optimum speed and other variables they created stomach flipping vertical drops and lightning fast turns. Scharf picked a ‘hammerhead’ for his signature move, dialing up maximum speed to make the action work.
“Bring it on?” asked Sum of all Thrills, testing their appetite for the upside down rotation. Parks and Scharf of Lakeland, Fla. looked at each other and laughed, choosing to “Bring it on.”
With just their legs visible to the observer, Scharf and Parks flew feet first into the air: their signature hammerhead maneuver. “That was awesome!” said Parks, as she got off, a little wobbly from exhilaration.
Celebrating its fourth anniversary this month, Raytheon’s Sum of all Thrills™ at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort is a one-of-a-kind experience that lets children of all ages custom-design their own thrill ride using mathematical tools, then immediately experience it in a robotic simulator. Riders dip and dive through loops, turns and barrel rolls at maximum speed while learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Disney guests like Brian Dean, 13 of Richland, Wash., have enjoyed the thrill of virtual roller coaster rides, jet-fighter planes or bobsled runs. Dean discovered that to keep his jet-fighter on the track he needed to lower the speed of his vehicle to avoid a flame out.
“It’s possible to go too fast!” Dean said with some dismay.
Karen Nimtz, 8, of Holt, Mich. was proud of the “super fun” roller coaster she created. “It was so cool I got to make it myself!” she said with a smile, adjusting the mouse ears on her head.
For those who can’t make the trip to Walt Disney World Resort, Raytheon’s online Sum of all Thrills game invites students to create and enjoy the excitement of the experience via their home and school computers.
Raytheon is committed to improving science, technology, engineering and math education in the United States. These skills are increasingly important for tomorrow’s workforce as they fuel the fields that form the foundation of the global economy. As part of Raytheon’s MathMovesU® program, Sum of all Thrills supports this commitment to secure talent for the future.
Last Updated: 10/02/2014