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Fashion, Form & Function

horseFrom Lady Gaga’s glowing, LED-encrusted gown to lightweight body armor and high-tech sports apparel, engineered fabrics are turning up well beyond the fashion world. ASEE’s Prism magazine highlights some innovative examples.

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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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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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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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