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The Egg Drop Challenge Comes to Coors Field

A popular activity for teachers each year is the "egg drop." Each student gets an egg and some guidelines to make a container that will protect the egg and keep it from breaking when it is dropped from high in the air. The teacher usually…

Mind Control or Cartesian Diver?

Is it mind control or just a clever science trick? It's a classic science experiment using an eye-dropper, a soda bottle filled with water, and some great showmanship. Explore the science and physics of Cartesian divers while amazing your friends…
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Ice Skating - A Classic Lesson in Physics

The Olympics may be over, but teachers and parents are still using the science behind the games to educate children. Ice skating is a classic lesson in physics. When an ice skater spins, they are using angular momentum. In a spin, their arms…

The Science of Bobsledding at the Olympics

Team USA’s four-man bobsledding team is hoping to win their first gold in more than 60 years during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Bobsledding got its name in the 1890s in Switzerland because riders bobbed back and forth to increase their…
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Science of Snowboarding in the Olympics

Believe it or not, snowboarding is a study in potential and kinetic energy.  The athletes who maximize both kinds of energy are the ones on the medal podium at the Vancouver Olympics. Twelve years ago, snowboarding made its debut as an Olympic…