How do you learn to design multi-million dollar roller coasters? And how do you test those coasters, even before they're built? For the last decade, Purdue ME professors Jeff Rhoads and Chuck Krousgrill have taught ME497: Roller Coaster Dynamics. The basic physics principles of inertia, centripetal acceleration, and gravity are put to the test in the most daunting of real-world applications: a thrill ride. Students design the underlying structures, but also come up with a theme and create an exciting story and environment for potential theme park guests. After presenting their projects, students use Oculus Rift goggles to experience the sights and sounds of their rides in VR.