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.
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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

Friday, December 30, 2016

ARIZONA...WHERE THEY'VE GOT IT TOGETHER TO HELP KIDS LEARN THE SCIENCE OF SPORT!

This is a program I found recently, and I think it's a wonderful model.  This is my summary of highlights of the website.  Science of Sport, an Arizona nonprofit, is only a few years old.  They work with the College of  Engineering  at the University of Arizona, state and local departments of education, and various professional sports teams.

SCIENCE OF SPORT
602-525-3197
Tucson, Arizona
To date: 894 teachers trained / 44,700 students reached

BACKGROUND: Science of Sport was founded by Ricardo Valerdi, Ph.D. Initially the goal was to teach math through baseball, but it has expanded to baseball, soccer, basketball and football science with teacher workshops / lesson plans / student camps / webinars. SOS has gone beyond Arizona to the West Coast and East Coast and Australia.

NOTE:      I found information on the baseball and soccer programs but no news turned up when I clicked on basketball and football.

VIDEO: Introductory 6.5 minute video with Ricardo Valerdi and:

Darren Heaton     VP, business development, SOS / former manager, Education Initiatives, Arizona Diamondbacks

Kevin Brungardt     Middle school social studies teacher. Over 25 lesson plans include trajectory, nutrition, baseball analytics.

Ballard Smith     Former president, CEO, San Diego Padres / Executive director, SOS. They work with Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, LA Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks, partner with Boys & Girls Club

Linda Wojtowicz     Former CEO, Tucson Boys & Girls Club

Daniel Miranda     Director, Boys & Girls Club

Emily Masterson and Austin Masterson     Biomedical engineering students

Dustin Payne     Arizona Diamondbacks Community Initiative. Said SOS is in its third year.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
Training for 100 more teachers was announced in 2014:
In collaboration with Univ. of Arizona College of Engineering and Arizona Dept. of Education, the Diamondbacks Science of Baseball program has spread throughout Arizona.

TEDx VIDEO:
I watched a TEDx Tucson talk by Ricardo Valerdi, done, I think, in 2014. Very well done.

SPONSORS include:
Orlando Magic      Houston Astros      Colorado Rockies      San Diego Padres
LA Angels      Angels Science of Baseball
Science of Baseball Urban Youth Academy      National Youth Baseball Academy
Dept. of Defense STEM      Northrop Grumman Foundation

BASEBALL

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
STEMBALL / The Adelaide Bite (team name)
The University of Adelaide (Australia) and Science of Sport hosted 125 Australian students to launch the STEMBALL program in Australia. The Bite have a one-day program for middle school students with eight STEM lessons on Australian baseball.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, BASEBALL
SAN DIEGO
San Diego Padres, Science of Sport, and San Diego Gas & Electric ran a professional development workshop for 40 teachers in the San Diego area. It was a one-day workshop from 9 to 2, and it introduced 12 lesson plans to math, science, and PE teachers for grades 5 to 8. It covered: geometry, trajectory of the ball flight, aerodynamics, elasticity, biomechanics, in addition to physiology, nutrition, reaction time, baseball statistics, scoring, strike zone, rules of baseball, and ballpark design.

SOCCER

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SOCCER
LOS ANGELES
The LA Galaxy Foundation funded the initial training of 25 teachers from the Newport Mesa School District, later began promoting this throughout southern California.

A video is narrated by Ricardo Valerdi, with comments from teachers Katie Holt, Kurt Suhr, and Tarym Flamson. I watched “The Science of Penalty Shootout” video on how to score 100% penalty kicks.

Besides teaching the kids pointers on how to play soccer -– players and positions / dribbling and passing / penalty kicks and goalies –- as well as character development, the science includes aerodynamics / trajectory of ball flight / momentum, plus physiology and nutrition and training.
BASEBALL AND SOCCER

Anaheim, CA – December 23, 2015
The Anaheim City School District has received a $1,050,000 STEM education grant from the California Department of Education that will be funded over a three-year period.  Additionally, the Orange County Department of Education, Angels Baseball and the LA Galaxy will provide an additional $500,000 in in-kind support for the program.

The grant and in-kind support will allow 35 teachers from the Anaheim City School District to become Master Teachers for the Angels Science of Baseball and the LA Galaxy Science of Soccer programs.

The programs teach kids how STEM subjects relate to sports through real- world examples.