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Carowinds Student and Youth Engineering Day
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Monday - Friday

9AM - 5PM

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Engineering Day

May 3, 2019
Seminar begins promptly at 10:00 am. If this session fills, more sessions will be added.

We see the cars flying on the tracks, zipping around hairpin curves and inverting guests at mind-boggling speeds. We feel the wind in our hair and lumps in our stomachs when we plunge down a dizzying freefall. We know the effects of Carowinds' epic thrill rides, but really, how do roller coasters work? What kind of science, math and mega-extreme logistics go into world-class thrill rides? Come to Engineering Day, an interactive event dedicated to engineering for students, so they can get up close and personal with science on a grand scale (and we mean GRAND, as in Fury 325-style humongous). Students will learn from industry professionals how Carowinds uses technology and human tendencies to build a park suitable for thousands of guests each day.

Afterwards, students will experience this engineering firsthand with a great day at the park. Combine that with a catered meal and you’ve engineering a full day of success!

2019 Pricing:

  • $34.50/person
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Engineering Days Agenda

  • 8:30 – Parking is open and you may come into the front gate. If students have any season passes that need to be processed, they must be processed before park entry so this is the perfect time to take care of that.

  • 9:00-9:30 – Coasters must be dropped off at the Paladium by 9:30 so they can be judged prior to the seminar.

  • 9:00-9:55 – Please go directly to the check in table in front of the Paladium, outside the main gate, to check in for Engineering Day.

  • 10:00-10:45 – Seminar - Students will learn the skills it takes to dream up and develop a ride like our all new Copperhead Strike – the Carolinas’ first double-launch coaster! And … are you ready for this? Copperhead Strike’s designers, Mack Rides from Germany, will be leading the seminar!

  • 10:45-11:00 – Announcement of the coaster contest winners. Click the link on the website for more details and design a coaster for a chance to win $250 for your school! We have two age categories this year – 5th – 8th and 9th – 12th. A $250 check will be awarded to each age group!

  • 11:00-2:00 – Enjoy an all you can eat buffet in our Grove Picnic Pavilion! Tickets can be purchased via the order form for $13.99 per person and includes fried chicken tenders, hot dogs, mac & cheese, salad, chips, cookies and unlimited soft drinks! For an additional $6.51 add a bottomless soda wristband which will allow unlimited drinks all day long while in the park!

Ticket Policy

Unless otherwise noted, all ticket orders (admission and meal) must be pre-paid ten (10) days prior to your visit to allow sufficient time to process your order. Orders received less than seven (7) days prior to your visit will be held at the North Gate Admission Services (Will Call) for pick-up.  Season Pass holders do not count toward your group size.  

Admission tickets, meal tickets, and bottomless soda wristbands are non-refundable.  No rain checks are offered.  

Payment Policy

Payment must be made via school check, money order (payable to "Carowinds”) or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover accepted). Unfortunately, personal checks or purchase orders are not accepted.

All school checks will be processed through Telecheck for approval. If declined, another method of payment will be requested.

Chaperone Tickets

Chaperones: one (1) chaperone admission ticket will be given for every fifteen (15) admission tickets purchased, unless otherwise noted. Complimentary chaperone tickets do not include picnic meal or bottomless soda wristbands.


Bus Parking and Driver Admission

Bus parking is free.  Bus drivers will receive a complimentary admission ticket when presenting their Commercial Driver's License (CDL) at the Group Sales building, located at the North Gate Admission Services window (does not include picnic meal or bottomless soda wristbands).