by Lacy Compton
OK, let's admit it: Who hasn't watched world-class figure skaters or death-defying ski jumpers and wondered, "how on Earth do they do that?" Well, it's science, of course!
The Olympics are great fodder for creating exciting classroom lessons, and the resources below are no different. This time, however, engage your students to think more deeply about the science behind their favorite gold-medal moments!
Some Olympics/science related resources to consider include:
- The National Science Foundation has these amazing (seriously, they are really, really cool) videos about the science and engineering behind the winter sports. If your students get into these videos, you can direct them to a similar collection from 2010 the NSF produced for more exciting clips.
- Physicist Mark Denny shares more insight into the science of winter sports in this blog at the Johns Hopkins University Press website.
- And, if you're just plain tired of anything having to do with ice and snow, take a look at the science of Summer Olympics sports at this collection of videos.
- Finally, if you have a student who begs to look at this topic more deeply, you might consider this website, which discusses multiple topics in which science and sports combine.