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Six Flags Great America
Six Flags Great America
Chicago, Illinois
guests riding batman
guests riding coaster
Students in front of Roller Coaster
guests riding coaster

Physics Day

Enjoy coasters and calculations in this amazing outdoor learning lab!

Six Flags Great America presents the annual Physics Day private event on Thursday, April 23, 2020 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. 

This one-of-a-kind educational event includes educational seminars and workbooks. Special measuring equipment is also available to be checked out throughout the day.

The park is only open to school science groups during this exclusive event. We are proud to provide Vernier vests for students to wear on the rides and attractions at the park. These vests calculate various forms of data from velocity to acceleration and are able to be checked out at the Grand Music Hall in Hometown Square beginning at 10am. 

Special Guest Speaker

Nathan Unterman, author of Amusement Park Physics will be speaking on the most FUN topic of them all: how rollercoasters and theme park rides work! All sessions will take place in the Grand Music Hall located in Hometown Square. 

10:30am Session 1: Science & Engineering of Rides (for teachers and students)

12:30pm Session 2: Suggested Teaching Techniques for Theme Parks (teachers only)

1:30pm Session 3: Engineering Aspects of the Amusement Park


Season Passes and Memberships are not valid on Physics Day. Tickets must be purchased.

You can order tickets directly online or fill out an order form. Check back in the spring of 2020 to purchase tickets online, or click the link to print the Order Form below.


Picnic Buffet

Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet in our private picnic grove from 11:00am-12:00pm. Use this meal time to check in with students during the day and make sure they get a great meal while they're at it.  The picnic meal consists of fried chicken, hot dogs, pasta salad, chips, pickles, ice cream and unlimited soft drinks. All picnic tickets must be purchased in advance.

Educational Tools 

Six Flags Great America is not only the entertainment capital of the world but also a unique outdoor learning lab. We have designed specific learning materials for both students and teachers that gives experiential learning a new meaning. Let Six Flags be your outdoor learning lab and use the free materials below to plan lessons and make learning fun. What's cooler than calculating (or experiencing) the velocity of the American Eagle?


Recommended amusement park physics websites for further learning:

Amusement Park Physics


Physics Education


Physics Day Vest Data

Be sure to check back for your vest data! Information will be updated after the event concludes. 

With additional questions on this special event, please call 847-249-1952. 

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April 23

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