Monday, September 25, 2017

NEEDED: SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS ON SPORT SCIENCE



SCIENCE FAIR IDEAS FROM SCIENCE BUDDIES   ScienceBuddies Logo Wht 200px.jpg


For your science fair project this year, think of something that you really like to do. 
Do you like sports and games? 
There's a whole world out there waiting for you to discover the science behind what you love to do. 
 nderstanding the science can help you to play a better game. 
Here is a list I took out of Science Buddies; these are found under the Physical Science / Sports Science category. 
Just looking through the topics will give you other ideas, too. 
In their website they're rated Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced; the things you need to do the project are included.

Also -- Please see my blog entry on the Power of 10 words.  These will direct you to some basic concepts in physics and geometry for motion, sound, and light.  I think it's a good starting point.  You may find you know more about physics and geometry than you think you do.

MORE TOPICS UNDER PHYSICAL SCIENCE IN www.sciencebuddies.org:

Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics                                    Physics

                                          Music – 
Since I began this over ten years ago, I've become interested in the physics of music and the arts, too. (And science in stories!)

Invitation:  For any kids who are close enough to Quincy, Mass. / South Shore area, we would be interested in considering your project to be one of the exhibits at the 4th South Shore Science Festival. (www.southshorescience.org) We're looking for exhibits that are interactive, that is, the people who come to your table will be able to participate in some way. We can help you with that.

And for kids who live anywhere and everywhere:  Help me spread the word that this is such a great way to get a start in understanding physics -- and geometry. Thank you!

Look forward to hearing from you!
Kathy


Skipping Science: An experiment in jump rope lengths

Jumping Distance

The Brain-Body Connection: Can exercise really make our brains work better?

Think Fast! (reaction time)

Bouncing Basketballs: How much energy does dribbling take?

Drag Racing in the Water

Field Goal! The science behind a perfect football kick

How Quickly Does a Tennis Ball Lose Its Bounce?

Popping an Ollie: How skateboarders + physics = A really cool trick

Speed Quest

The Biomechanics of Pitching

Under Pressure: Ball bouncing dynamics

Aerodynamics of a Football

Basketball Physics: Where does a bouncing ball's energy go?

Basketball: Will you bank the shot?

Football Field Goals: Going the distance

Heart Health: How does heart rate change with exercise?

How Do Under-Inflated Tires Affect the Difficulty of Riding a Bike?

How Far Can You Throw (or Kick) a Ball?

How Fast Can You Shoot a Hockey Puck?

How High Can You Throw a Baseball? A Tennis Ball? A Football? A Golf Ball?

Measuring Concussion Risk in Football and Other Contact Sports

Nothing But Net: The science of shooting hoops

Physics of Vibrations

Racing to Win That Checkered Flag: How do gases help?

She Shoots, She Scores! How does hockey stick flex affect accuracy?

Soccer: Geometry of goal scoring

The Physics of Cheating in Baseball

The Physics of Follow-Through

Back and Forth to Go Forward: A snake on wheels?

Balancing Act: Finding your center of gravity

Baseball Bat Debate: What's better, wood or aluminum?

Cold Pack Chemistry: Where does the heat go?

Golf Clubs, Loft Angle, and Distance: The science of hitting

Power Kicks: The physics of martial arts

Skateboard Extremes: Which wheels are best for speed and turns?

Skiing and Friction:  How does ski wax affect the sliding friction of skis?

Tee Time:  How does tee height affect driving distance?

Tee Time: How fast is your golf swing?

The Physics of Baseball and Hit Charts

Tightening the Turns in Speed Skating:  Lessons in Centripetal Force & Balance

A Cure for Hooks and Slides?  Asymmetric dimple patterns and Golf Ball Flight

Aerodynamics and Hockey: Does the force of drag have an effect on the distance the puck will travel?

Are more expensive golf balls worth it?

Basketball: The geometry of banking a basketball

Crossed Up:  Does crossed hand/eye dominance affect basketball shooting percentage?

Electrolyte Challenge: Orange juice vs sports drink

Football: Punting

Paintball Ballistics

Playing the Angles: The physics of balls bouncing off of surfaces

The Science of Spin: How does spin affect the trajectory of a kicked soccer ball?

Skating and Angular Momentum

The Science of Spin: A baseball pendulum

Which Team Batting Statistic Predicts Run Production Best?


Golf Clubs, Loft Angle and Distance

Thursday, September 21, 2017

WHAT IF TEACHERS WERE TREATED LIKE -- PRO ATHLETES ?! Think of it!

Hi!  I read this article in Readers Digest and found it online and wanted to share it with you.  

Food for thought, huh?! ....   Kathy


What If Teachers Were Treated Just Like Pro Athletes?

Imagine a world in which educators are as respected and revered as professional athletes? 

Sketch comics Key and Peele did.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Basketball Math and Geometry from WikiHow

Just discovered WikiHow.  Very clear instructions.  Thought you'd like this one on basketball.

http://www.wikihow.com/Apply-Math-and-Geometry-in-Basketball

Thursday, May 4, 2017

SCIENCE WEEK 2017, St. Agatha School: Torque

I did this lesson with three 3rd grade classes.  In retrospect, I decided that in the future I would leave out centripetal force and angular momentum, as Science Week classes are short with no follow-up by me.  It would be better to introduce those two forces in separate classes.  Or wait to teach them to kids in higher elementary grades.

LESSON PLAN: HAVING FUN WITH TORQUE 

Lead-In
Who jump ropes, hula hoops, or dances? Is that science? Why? Why not?

Supplies
a globe; chalk or markers / I'll bring ropes, hoops, leaflets, activity sheets

Procedure
A. Introduce new vocabulary:
axis of rotation – torque – centripetal force – angular momentum

  1. Have someone do a demonstration on the hula hoop.
    Notice it turn in a circle
    * Show the globe: turns on its axis of rotation                      Pronounce
    * You are the axis of rotation, too, when you hula hoop.
  2. Have someone do a demonstration of jump roping.
    * See it also turn on its axis of rotation.
    * This turning force is called torque.                                    Pronounce
  3. When the force heads to the center and seeks it out
    (like Hide & Seek), it is called centripetal force.                 Pronounce
  4. Have you heard of momentum? What do you think it means?
    * When you're running at a slow speed, you can stop quickly -- because you have less momentum.
    * When you're running at a fast speed, it takes longer to stop -- because you have more momentum.
    * With momentum, we usually think of moving in a straight line, but you can run around in a circle, too.
    * What does a circle have lots of? Angles. (Illustrate on board.)
    * Called angular momentum (like a revolving door).            Pronounce
B. Free play, hoops and ropes Ask individuals to explain the terms.                 Play The Twist.   You rotate back and forth (like a washing machine).

Summarize
Pass out the art activity sheet, and draw a cartoon of one of these activities.

Homework

Leaflets*. Tell your friend, family, anyone you want about what you learned today.

*  The leaflets for hula hooping and jump roping can be found elsewhere in this blog.
____________________________________________________________


THE ART ACTIVITY:


ANNOUNCING: A NEW CARTOON!
Called “Twists and Turns”

axis of rotation         centripetal force

angular momentum                              torque
YOU are the cartoonist!
Directions:
  1. At the bottom of the page, draw a picture of you and someone you know hula hooping --- or jump roping --- or dancing The Twist.
  2. Now you have the beginning of a cartoon.
    Put what you say in a balloon like this:                                                                                                        NOTE:   On the printout:
                                                        Draw a simple cartoon here  
  1. Then use one of the science terms in the box above to tell your friend about the science. Write the conversation in the balloons.
Twists and Turns                                     by                                                 























Kathy Dullea Hogan
Gateway to Science: Sports and Games
http://sportscience-kathy.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Report on the South Shore Science Festival -- The Song

I was really happy to be able to let people know as we opened the science festival that the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Museum of Science announced this month their collaboration to teach the science of baseball.  Around the same time that I heard about this, I made plans to have Li'l Miss Sofia Hurley, 10, of Quincy sing at the opening of our festival.  What could she sing, I wondered. 

About a week later I listened to a CD of the Boston Pops Orchestra playing baseball songs, and of course, Take Me Out to the Ball Game was one of them.  While I was listening to it, I thought: I could adapt that!  Here is the result:


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME     by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer
(Take Me to Science Festivals!)             by Kathy Dullea Hogan

Sung by Miss Sofia Hurley (Li'l Miss Sofia) of Quincy, Mass. 
at the third South Shore Science Festival, Quincy, on April 22, 2017.

1) Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks
I don't care if I never get back.

For it's root, root, root for the home team.
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out
At the old ball game.

2) Take me to science festivals,
Take me for science fun:
Legos, jump ropes, and biotech --
I don't care if I never get back!

For it's string-can phones and 3D print,
If I can't go, it's a shame.
For it's 1, 2, 3 motion laws
At the science festival !

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song 
by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer.

The Museum of Science had sent someone to our festival who ran a table, too.  Later she asked me if they could use my song at the museum.  Of course I said yes!

I'll add more later.  Just wanted to share the song with y'all!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

3rd SOUTH SHORE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 4/22/17

The next South Shore Science Festival is Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10 to 3.  
Same location:  180 Old Colony Avenue, Quincy, Mass. (10 minute walk from the Wollaston T on the Red Line)  That's the Quincy Center for Innovation.  This is part of the Cambridge Science Festival, which is now statewide.

www.southshorescience.org

STEM (as it's more often referred to) and STEAM are guide words in education now:  
Science -- Technology -- Engineering -- Arts -- Mathematics

Rather than teaching the traditional subjects of science, art and math separately, combining them makes them much more meaningful.  Including technology and engineering makes them much more practical.  

Many of the same presenters from the last two years will be there again, with a number of new presenters, too.  (Some of them were students who shared their science fair exhibits with us.)  As plans become more firmed up, I'll list them in this post.  See www.southshorescience.org for pictures from the past two festivals.



T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S

PLEASE NOTE:
THIS LIST IS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, STARTING WITH THE FIRST ENTRY.
THE BLOG IS IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER, STARTING WITH THE LATEST.

I'D BE HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU ABOUT ANYTHING IN THIS BLOG.  THANK YOU!


12/12/10

SHORT SCIENCE LESSON
Energy

01/24/11

HELP WANTED!

02/10/11

OUTLINE:  NEWTON  1-2-3 GO!
Power Point Slides

02/11/11

RACERS
Potential and Kinetic Energy

02/10/11
AMERICAN EDUCATION
The potential in this approach



02/21/11

WELCOME!

How a “dry gulcher” at BC led to this idea!



03/31/11

AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE
“Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica”

08/10/12
UPDATE -- AND “THE GRAVITY/ENERGY TEAM MARCH”
(to the tune of “Battle Hymn of the Republic”)

08/31/12
“THE LAWS OF MOTION”
(to the tune of “The Locomotion”)

08/22/13
IDEAS FOR SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS
(from ScienceBuddies.org) 

08/22/13
ESTABLISHING A PHYSICS AND GEOMETRY GAME CLUB

08/22/13
THINGS I LIKE TO DO
Interest Inventory for P & G Game Club

12/22/13
“BREAKING” NEWS”

12/22/13
WOULD LOVE YOUR FEEDBACK

02/13/14
GATEWAY TO SCIENCE TV SHOW, Episode 1
Featuring NBCLearn.com winter sports videos (figure skating and skiing)

02/15/14
“THE SLED:  A MATTER OF SOME GRAVITY”
My story, teaching energy and gravity involved in sledding

03/06/14
GATEWAY TO SCIENCE TV SHOW, Episode 2
Hockey geometry from NBCLearn.com; reading my story

03/07/14
CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2014
Recommended “Carnival” events

03/26/14
DOPPLER EFFECT
Doppler Effect and Malaysia Airlines

04/01/14
MORE CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL SUGGESTIONS

04/09/14
“GADGETS & GIZMOS”
Two physics books about just having fun:  grades 6-8 and grades 9-12

04/14/14
SCIENCE FUN WEEK RECOMMENDATIONS
Including:  Quincy College enters the Cambridge Science Festival!

04/27/14
POPPING A WHEELIE
Do you know the physics?  

05/05/14
KHAN ACADEMY - A WONDERFUL SCIENCE INSTRUCTION RESOURCE

05/06/14
AN INVITATION

05/07/14
PROPOSAL: QUINCY DAY AT THE CAMBRIDGE SCIENCE FESTIVAL

05/12/14
LEAFLET: BICYCLE PHYSICS

05/24/14
BICYCLE RODEO, QUINCY, MASS.

05/25/14
PROPOSAL: SCIENCE GAMES FAIR / CARNIVAL

06/05/14
LEAFLET: PHYSICS OF HULA HOOPING

06/19/14
THE NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (NSTA)
And a gift that I won at the annual convention in Boston

06/19/14
LEAFLET: PHYSICS OF JUMP ROPING

06/26/14
JUMPING ROPE RHYMES

06/30/14
K E Y

07/07/14
THE SCIENCE OF SOFTBALL

007/07/14
THE PHYSICS OF BASEBALL

07/10/14
GOOD NEWS, ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG KIDS

07/20/14
PHYSICS OF FOOTBALL
Aerodynamics. Styrofoam glider instructions.

08/08/14
LEAFLET: PHYSICS OF SKATEBOARDING
Doing an ollie

09/23/14
CARTOONS

10/11/14
VIDEO: DR. BASEBALL EXPLAINS “THE WAVE”

10/11/14
VIDEO: VISIT TO ISAAC NEWTON’S HOME

10/15/14
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
From “Newton 1-2-3 Go!” to Gateway to Science: Sports and Games

10/27/14
ABOUT KIDS: JUST 3 THINGS!

11/09/14
CONNECT A MILLION MINDS.COM
Great site! Magic Johnson video. Booklet on football. More!

11/10/14
WHAT’S ALREADY OUT THERE --
in terms of learning physics through games and sports?

01/27/15
ANNOUNCING: SOUTH SHORE SCIENCE FUN HOUSE
At Quincy Center for Innovation 4/25/15, part of the Cambridge Science Festival

06/08/15

TAKE A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE SOUTH SHORE SCIENCE FUN HOUSE HELD ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015

06/08/15

GLIDERS GALORE!   A World In Motion

07/02/15

SCIENCE OF BASKETBALL. A video.

07/05/15

SCIENCE OF CHEERLEADING

7/18/15

SCIENCE OF BASKETBALL -- with a video link

7/20/15

Bicycle Electrical Power at Arizona Diamondbacks AND MNS Power.
Electrical power in a soccer ball, too.

09/02/15

Message to Parents from the National Science Teachers Association

09/03/15

Stoked About Physics

09/29/15

FanFest at Boston College, 2015

11/02/15

LEAFLET:  Chunkin' Pumpkins

02/02/16

LEAFLET:  Science of Skiing

02/19/16

Proposal for a Legislative Resolution

02/19/16

COLLISION!  What's That?

03/27/16

SOUTH SHORE SCIENCE FESTIVAL   
(W.A.V.E.S. --  Wicked Awesome Ventures Into Exciting Science)

03/29/16

The Rainbow Fish / art activity sheet
Combining a story with science and art activities

05/02/16

String-Can Telephones
Science Week with Grade 2 at Saint Agatha School, Milton, Mass.

06/27/16

Lesson Plan:  String-Can Telephones

05/29/16

LEAFLET:  Basketball Backspin

07/02/16

Rare Metals Used in iPhones

09/10/16

Introducing:  POWER OF TEN lists

09/10/16

LEAFLET:  Science of Swimming

10/09/16

A Football Really Rising on its Tippity-Toes?

11/03/16

Catch Some Fantastic Feats on This Video from "People Are Awesome"

12/16/16
San Francisco 49ers STEAM Education Program


12/17/16
LA Galaxy -- Science of Soccer

12/17/16 
The Science of Sport -- A Comprehensive Program!  (introduction)

12/29/16
ARIZONA...WHERE THEY'VE GOT IT TOGETHER TO HELP KIDS LEARN THE SCIENCE OF SPORT!   (detailed)

12/31/16
3rd SOUTH SHORE SCIENCE FESTIVAL  4/22/17