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Lesson: Safety Gear and Helmets

Football HelmetIn this lesson, students in grades 6-8 learn the basic engineering issues related to helmet design, specifically the physics of collisions and the biomechanics considerations of design. Students then identify and solve design challenges, create a poster representation of their solutions, and present them to their peers. Finally, students will learn about the dangers of not wearing a helmet in certain sports.

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Custom Golf Clubs for Quadruple Amputee

Custom Golf Clubs from PINGA team of research engineers at golf equipment company PING has created a set of custom-fitted golf clubs for a man who has been a quadruple amputee since 2005. The researchers developed “a workable prototype” for Mesa, Arizona’s Jeff Lewis and worked with a prosthetist to develop a set of unique clubs.

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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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Web Resources: Space and Sports

Spaced Out SportsAs part of its 2010-2011 Spaced Out Sports Design Challenge, NASA has produced student and educator resources, including posters, bookmarks, curriculum guides, a career video, and Digital Learning Network Modules.

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Science and Sports Team Up

American Football 2NBCLearn and the NSF have teamed up with the NFL to show that science and sports do mix in a new 10-part documentary that examines the science involved in pro football. The free videos feature top discussions with football players, followed by scientists who explain the science and math behind certain plays, rerun in super-slo-mo.

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Feature: Engineers Give Speed Skaters an Edge

5000m Relay by John Thescone

In a sport where just fractions of a second can separate a winner from also-rans, engineering makes a big difference. Speed skating, for instance, once depended on endurance and brute force. Now, it’s as much a feat of science and technology as strength.

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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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