Up the hill and down the drop, hop aboard this episode of Brains On!

How do roller coaster designers go from dream to reality? Brothers Ezra and Ottar interview world-renowned roller coaster designer Alan Schilke to find out how he does it.

Also — why do some people feel sick or dizzy after riding them? How do coasters make you feel like you’re floating? And don’t forget the mystery sound – it’s a real stumper.

Even if you’re not tall enough for every ride, you’re definitely tall enough for this episode.

Ottar and Ezra’s designs

Ottar and Ezra dream up their own roller coaster designs. Do you have any roller coaster ideas? Send them to us here.

Grand Canyon design by Ottar.
Grand Canyon design by Ottar.
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13: The Doomsday Ride by Ezra.
13: The Doomsday Ride by Ezra.
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Sound effects in this episode provided by freeSFX.


This episode originally aired Dec. 17, 2014. Listen here:

Roller coasters: From dream to extreme
by MPR