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Science and engineering of the Olympic Winter Games: About the Series

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The National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) to release the "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games"--the latest installment in the Emmy Award-winning "Science of Sports" series. This enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports' Liam McHugh, 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's 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."

Each episode is available cost-free to teachers, students and the public.


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