Blade Runners—Science of the Winter Olympics

Race to learn the insight of Sir Isaac Newton. A helpful video uses speed skating to explain Newton's laws of motion. Force, acceleration, mass, and momentum all work together to make a successful speed skating race.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • As a formative assessment, have pupils explain each of Newton's laws of motion using skating as an example
  • Include the video as an introduction to a unit on Newton's laws of motion
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a basic understanding of force, acceleration, and momentum

  • Uses language that is understandable to a wide range of grade levels
  • Includes diagrams to illustrate concepts

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