• California boy builds roller coaster in backyard

    ORINDA, Calif. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A young roller coaster enthusiast from California helped his father build an at-home theme park attraction after visiting a New Jersey theme park last summer.

    Lyle Pemble became fascinated with the thrill rides after riding one at Six Flags Great Adventure.

    "I decided to ride it because I thought it would be fun, and then I thought there are more and better roller coasters out there, so I started doing research on them," Lyle explained.

    His dad helped him figure out the math and science behind the coasters and suddenly a huge ride was assembled in their backyard.

    "I started building the coaster because, Lyle, my son, asked me if we could and I couldn't think of a good reason to say no," said Will Pemble.

    The project helped Lyle apply science and math in everyday life.

    "The mathematics, the physics, the science, the really hard thinking - there needs to be something on the other side of that math that's worth slogging through the math," Will said. "So if there's a coaster at the other side of how many feet of track do we need? If there's a coaster on the other side of the word problem, then suddenly the word problem gets done really fast."

    Right now, the coaster is powered by momentum and gravity. Lyle says he hopes to one day fulfill his dream of being a roller coaster designer.

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