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The Science and Engineering of Summer Olympic Games

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Students will learn about the physics, biology and engineering behind Summer Olympic games and the training involved in preparing for the Olympic games. The product includes reading passages, comprehension questions and a hands-on engineering challenge.

Important Note:
These activities can be used outside of the Olympics in physical education and health and science classrooms to learn about the science and engineering behind sporting events.

Why do athletes train for the Olympics?
- Endurance, aerobic exercise, ATP
How do Olympians coordinate muscle movements?
- Muscle anatomy, myosin and actin, muscle memory
Why do Olympians wear safety gear?
- Elastic vs. inelastic collisions
Helmet Engineering Activity
- Elastic vs. inelastic collisions
How do athletes recover form sports injury?
- Anatomy, stem cells
Why do Olympians wear competition suits?
- Drag, aerodynamic, polymers vs monomers
How does running impact the human body?
- Stress fractures, force, Newton's Third Law of Motion
How do swimmer use thrust to overcome drag?
- Fluid dynamics (thrust and drag)
Why is precision and accuracy important to timekeeping?
- Accuracy, Precision
The Physics of Flips, Twists & Splash-Free Entries
- Newton's Third Law of Motion, torque, rotational speed
What is the Archer’s Paradox?
- Work, elastic potential energy, kinetic energy, paradox
What role does force & momentum play in a gymnastic routine?
- Force, friction, momentum, angular momentum
How is a long jumper like a projectile object?
- Vertical and horizontal velocity, projectile motion, launch angle
How are wheelchairs optimized for different Paralympic events?
- Engineering design, trade-off
How are pools designed to dissipate water waves?
- Waves, dissipation, engineering design

Teacher Notes includes the Flesch-Kincaid Score for each reading. The score varies between 6.1 and 9.8 which converts to a CC reading band of 4th grade to 10th grade. Please view the preview for a complete breakdown of reading difficulty.

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