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Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports

"Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports," 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 worldÂ’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 9-part educational video series.

"Science of the 2012 Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports" is a partnership with NBC Learn, NBC Sports and NSF's Directorate for Engineering.

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