Posts tagged ‘Winter Olympics’

Safety First

The Winter Olympics have been filled with exciting moments, but when athletes are competing for Gold their risk of injury is higher and their protect gear becomes extremely important.

Here is another video by NBC and the National Science Foundation about science and engineering in the Olympic Winter Games.

Link to Video

As athletes push themselves to their limits and sometimes crash or collide, they rely on protective gear to keep them safe. NSF-funded scientists Katharine Flores, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Ohio State University, and Melissa Hines, the director of the Cornell University Center for Materials Research, explain the physics of a collision and exactly how this gear, especially safety helmets, works to prevent injury.

Here is an activity to use the Design Process you learned earlier this week.

Keeping Your Head “Egg” Safe

Half-gallon milk carton/box
Fresh Eggs
Packing or Soft Materials (bubble wrap, paper towels, etc.)

Create a shell/helmet to protect the egg from breaking if dropped
Understand the importance of protecting our heads/brains during activities

1. Show the materials
2. Explain the objective “protect the egg”
3. Let the creative juices flow
4. Test your design*
5. Observe results
6. Discuss solutions for change
7. Redesign
8. Try again!

*Test design OUTSIDE. Stand on chair or ladder to drop carton.

Talking Points
What material worked best to protect the egg? Why do you think one material worked better than another? Can you think of other materials that would work better? How do you think the protective material absorbs energy? Why is it important for us to protect our heads?

Thank you for a great Engineering Week!!!


February 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

Science of Snowboarding

NBC and the National Science Foundation (NSF) teamed up to make 16 riveting videos on the science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games.

Check out how Olympians get “max air” off the half-pipe without losing their balance!

Link to Video

Engineers help top athletes perform at their greatest ability to hopefully win the Gold.

February 15, 2010 at 8:28 pm Leave a comment

Winter Olympics

Australia’s Michelle Steele

I am very excited about for the Winter Olympics opening ceremony tonight! As you and your family begin watching your favorite Olympic sports ask probing questions about the athletes’ equipment, clothing, protective gear, etc. to see what your children say. It doesn’t matter which event you watch engineering is used throughout the entire Olympics to help an athlete go faster, straighter, fly higher, flip better and more! Engineering may be a career you have never talked about before in your household and the Olympics are a perfect opportunity to kick off National Engineering Week.

National Engineering Week is celebrated February 14th-20th!

Each day next week, I’ll post a new engineering activity you and your family can enjoy.


February 12, 2010 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

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