Sports and Science
Use these resources to answer the age-old question... "How will this apply to us in real life?"
This site from New Zealand provides educational resources for teachers that help make science fun and engaging for kids, taking important concepts and putting them into a form that kids can not only understand but also enjoy. The site includes sports experiments, videos, games and facts.
The Exploratorium has an innovative collection exploring the science of sports. Using baseball, hockey, surfing, skateboarding, basketball and cycling, it explores physics of sports.
Math teacher Dan Meyer show how tossing a basketball can be a math problem. (starts about 50 seconds into the video)
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Sports provide compelling real-world opportunities for kids to apply and grow their math skills. Whether keeping score for a game or calculating batting averages, math is key to sports.
It goes both ways: sports can also help with math—and other subjects, too.
In addition to Science, we should remember that sports can teach students a number of life lessons.
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