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Engineering Football Safety

UAB football crash dummiesIn the movie Concussion, Will Smith plays a Pittsburgh pathologist who uncovered a link between repeated concussions and brain damage in professional football players.
Engineers can’t change behavior. But they can design better helmets and other gear to reduce injuries. Some engineering students even play the game!

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Thankful Engineering

Toon turkey with football and helmetWhat does engineering have to do with Thanksgiving? Plenty, including football broadcasting technology and meatless Tofurkey, among other holiday delights.

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Student’s Invention Could Prevent Concussions

BYU student invents smart foamBrigham Young University engineering student Jake Merrell has created a “smart foam” that could be placed inside the helmets of football players to measure the impact of hits to the head, and could help prevent concussions while players are int the game.

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Activity: Design a Super Dome

dome constructionIn this activity, student teams learn about construction and engineering design by building a domed structure with an internal frame that is strong enough to support 120 grams of coins or candy on top. They present their domes to the class and complete reflections on the lessons learned.

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Web Resources: Science and Football

NFL ScienceTo accompany the 10-part video series “Science of NFL Football,” Lessonopoly has created activities and lesson plans that get students thinking about the science and engineering behind foward passes, touch-downs and powerful field goal kicks.

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Lesson: Punting and Projectile Motion

NFL_PARABOLAS2This lesson teaches students in grades 5-8 about projectile motion through a hands-on activity, an online video from “Science of NFL Football,” and a computer simulation project.

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Lesson: Learn about Torque

NFL_TORQUE2This lesson introduces students in grades 5-8 to the concept of torque through a short NBC Learn video on the science of the NFL, demonstrations, and a lab activity. Students learn how to calculate torque and determine how it is used in simple machines, everyday life, and in sports.

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