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Videos: Science, Engineering, and the Olympics

NBC and the National Science Foundation (NSF) teamed up to make 16 fascinating videos about the science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games. We picked a few favorites, below.

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Engineering the Winter Olympics

This website informs students about engineering’s role in helping Olympic athletes increase speed, accuracy, and strength in their respective sports.

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Olympic Speed Skating Puzzle

From the hinge in the slap skate to the texture of the swift suit, engineering enhances athletic achievement. Challenge your students to test their knowledge of the technology used in this exciting Olympic sport with a fun crossword puzzle for grades 6-12. Clues can be found in this week’s feature on speed skating, and in the answer key.

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Olympics Matching Game

Where would the Olympians be without their carefully engineered hockey sticks, skates, and helmets? Have your students grades K-3 try their hand at this quick and fun matching game, as a way to prompt discussion on sports equipment. A Spanish version is also available.

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Olympic School

Canadian Olympic SchoolThe Canadian Olympic School Program has provided teachers with free classroom resources since 1988. Its website provides learning resources that help to engage students in the the Olympic Games. The resources include stories of Olympic athletes, project pacts for teachers, learning kits, videos, interactive materials for students, games and more.

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