Engineering for Students at Carowinds' Engineering Day

Park: 10 AM - 10 PM Waterpark: 11 AM - 6 PM View Hours

Engineering Day

April 22, 2022
Seminar at 10 AM in Harmony Hall

Wind in our hair and lumps in our stomachs as we zip around hairpin curves. That feeling of weightlessness when we plunge down into crazy-fast freefalls. We know the effects of Carowinds’ epic thrill rides, but how do they work, and what makes them so AMAZING? Engineering is everywhere you look at Carowinds, from world-class roller coasters to waterpark rides and even where guests are admitted to the park.

“Engineering The Impossible”

In this talk, Adam Sandy, Roller Coaster Sales & Marketing Director at Zamperla, will discuss how the company approaches custom projects and will talk to students about the lifecycle of a roller coaster. He will focus on three unique projects the company has worked on and discuss:

  • How the design process starts (conversations with Theme Parks about their needs)
  • Integrated and custom designs (type of ride, speed, features, space, location challenges)
  • Theming
  • Ongoing maintenance
  • Next-Generation Vehicles
  • How ride engineering affects the marketing and attendance at the Parks

2022 Pricing:

  • $35 per person (park admission), 1 complimentary admission ticket for every 15 purchased*
    • *Please note, season passholder tickets do not count toward the 1:15 complimentary ticket ratio.

Our Engineering Day coaster contest is back! Please click the link below to view the contest guidelines and download the submission form. This engineering project for students encourages teams to submit the roller coaster designs for a chance to win $500 for your school.

Meet Adam Sandy

Adam Sandy is an industry veteran with over twenty years in the attractions industry. His current role is as the Roller Coaster Sales & Marketing Director for Zamperla, one of the industry’s largest ride manufacturers. He previously was President of Business Development at Ride Entertainment. In his current role, he works with both the sales and roller coaster engineering teams to create cutting-edge concepts and sell them to parks across the globe.

Upgrade Your Experience

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. 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 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.

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 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).