Enlightening video stories reveal science and engineering behind the 2014 Winter Olympic Games
National Science Foundation and NBC News highlight how physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics impacts the Winter Olympic Games
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently partnered with the educational arm of NBC News, NBC Learn, to release a 10-part video series called, "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games."
The videos are the latest installment in NSF's and NBC Learn's Emmy Award-winning "Science of Sports" series. Narrated by NBC Sports' Liam McHugh, the enlightening and educational video collection delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world's foremost sporting event.
The segments feature a variety of sports stories, as told by some of the world's top athletes and record holders, along with perspectives and innovative research from leading NSF-supported engineers and scientists. The series' diverse topics reveal how key engineering and science concepts and cutting-edge technology play an integral part in each athlete's respective sport and help maximize their performance at the 2014 Sochi Games.
"These stories demonstrate the interplay between sports and engineering, in areas from robotics to medical treatments," said Pramod Khargonekar, NSF assistant director for Engineering. "We hope the impressive feats of athletes and engineering researchers will engage and inspire young people, as they see how engineering technologies can change many facets of our lives."
"The Olympics inspire us and capture our imaginations in many different ways," added F. Fleming Crim, assistant director for NSF's Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate. "These videos build a connection between the wonder of athletic accomplishment and the wonder of scientific insight. They will both motivate and fascinate those who see them."
NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences and its Directorate for Engineering funded the project.
"We are very excited to release this special series, as the Sochi Olympics nears and build on our innovative partnership with NSF," said Soraya Gage, general manager of NBC Learn. "Viewers will be able to watch and learn how science and design concepts play an essential role in the Olympic experience."
New "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games" videos released today include:
1. Science of ice: Britanny Bowe, J.R. Celski, Gracie Gold
2. Alpine skiing and vibration damping: Heath Calhoun, Julia Mancuso
3. Olympic movement and robotic design: Julie Chu, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Shaun White
4. Figure skating physics: Meryl Davis, Gracie Gold, Evan Lysacek, Ashley Wagner, Charlie White
5. Engineering competition suits: Shani Davis
6. Physics of slopestyle skiing: Nick Goepper
7. Engineering faster and safer bobsleds: Steve Holcomb, Steve Langton
8. Science of snow: Ted Ligety, Heather McPhie
9. Injury and recovery: Lindsey Vonn
10. Engineering the half pipe: Shaun White
Each episode is available cost-free to teachers, students and the public at NBCLearn.com and NSF websites (NSF.gov, Science360.gov), accompanied by both science and engineering-focused lesson plans developed by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for middle- and high-school teachers.
"Teachers are always looking for new and innovative ways of cultivating student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math," said David Evans, NSTA executive director. "The 'Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games' videos provide teachers with an opportunity to connect their curriculum to real-world applications, which enhances student engagement and provides examples of how their learning is linked to events happening outside the classroom."
For other Emmy Award-winning videos produced in partnership with NBC Learn, see: Science of the Olympic Winter Games 2010, Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports, Science of NFL Football, Science of NHL Hockey, Science Behind The News, Changing Planet, Sustainability: Water, Science of Innovation, and Chemistry Now.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2017, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.
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