MASON CITY, Iowa - 7th Grade science students at John Adams Middle School are building paper roller coasters, and getting help from local architecture and engineering firms in the process.
Students have been hard at work on their coasters for the past two weeks as part of a school-wide competition on Friday. In addition, they're getting advice and feedback from companies like Berglund + Cram, WoodHarbor, and Henkel Construction on their projects.
Students Jaelyn Falls and Adi Krueger say there's a lot that goes into their projects, and are feeling a bit of pressure.
"Ours used to touch the ceiling until it got knocked over and it started weighing down. And theirs is just straight and it's almost touching the ceiling. It's...they're just beating us so far and it's not cool."
In addition, they say having experienced people in the field helping them out is beneficial.
"It helps us with a lot of things. If we didn't have them, then ours would be all the way touching the ground by now and it wouldn't be that great."
The winner of Friday's competition will go to a state competition in Cedar Falls on November 14th to compete against other Iowa middle school students.