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Science of the Summer Olympics: About the Series

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Words, Science of the Summer Olympics, Engineering in Sports and illustrations of a boxer, gymnast and weightlifter

"Science of the Summer Olympics," the fourth and latest installment in the “Science of Sports” franchise, explores the science, engineering and technology that are helping athletes maximize their performance at the 2012 London Games.

How does swimmer Missy Franklin use the principles of fluid dynamics to move more quickly through water? What are the unique biomechanics that have helped make sprinter Usain Bolt the world’s fastest human? What does weightlifter Sarah Robles have in common with a high-tech robot? How do engineers build faster pools, stronger safety helmets, and specialized wheelchairs for disabled athletes? Explore these and many other engineering and technology concepts in this free 10-part educational video series. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will provide free lesson plans for each video.

 

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