Not many teens have a roller coaster in their backyard but Nathan Rubin does. He built it along with a friend, Ian Mair, for a course at Liberty High in Frisco, Texas called the Independent Study and Mentorship Program. The program helps highly motivated students pursue theirs dreams.
The two students got mentors from Six Flags, persuaded Nathan's mom to let them use land on the side of the house and gathered $1,000 from local stores and The Home Depot. Many months of hard work, a few scratches and a lot of math later, suddenly there it was - a functioning roller coaster.
Not many people accomplish such a feat, said Mark Cole, president of American Coaster Enthusiasts, who can count only a handful of other backyard roller coasters. Building this roller coaster has earned Nathan several college scholarships, but he says this ride is just the beginning.
"Don't know if I'll build another one in my backyard, but hopefully the next one will be at Six Flags," he said.
Watch the video for more information and to see the roller coaster in action.