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Fields of Dreams

ballpark graphicBallparks have come a long way from the baseball diamond cut into an Iowa cornfield in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams. Engineers have found new ways to design ever-more spacious stadiums, with better views, smart systems that reduce energy costs, and even apps that let you order food from craft beer to peanuts delivered to your seat.

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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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Chair Lift Challenge

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Activity: Robot Basketball

basketball robotIn this activity, students in grades 5 to 12 learn about accuracy, precision, and simple machines by working in teams to design and build a robotic basketball “player” that can nail a free-throw shot three times in a row.

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Lesson: Tennis, Anyone?

tennisIn this lesson, students in grades 3 to 12 explore how engineers incorporate the latest materials and manufacturing techniques to improve the performance of sports equipment by constructing a functional racquet out of everyday materials that can volley against another team’s racquet at least six times.

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Feature: Slam Dunk Engineer

Slam Dunk EngineerWhat does basketball have in common with engineering? Plenty, if you’re Rhodes Scholar Reed Doucette, a former University of Southern California stand-out player and student now pursuing a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Oxford.

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Big Dance Basics

Big DanceFrom long-shot “Cinderella” teams to “field goal” averages and “bracketology,” the NCAA’s annual “March Madness” men’s Division 1 college basketball championship has a host of pet terms and traditions. Here’s a guide to this year’s Big Dance.

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Video: Concussions In Football

ConcussionsIn this video, Sport Science takes a deeper look into concussions caused from helmet to helmet collisions. It exams the different factors involved and offers statistics on concussions and collisions in the NFL.

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Video: How Helmets Are Made

Helmet from VideoThis video from Riddell shows how their protective football helmets are made. The video takes a step-by-step approach and explains how the gear is tested and assembled.

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