Instructional Video

Engineering the Half Pipe—Science of the Winter Olympic Games

There are no tricks here! Young scholars learn about the concept of centripetal acceleration by studying the design of the snowboarding half pipe. A video lesson describes how the half pipe design affects the motion of the boarders.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate during a unit studying Newton's laws of motion
  • Have pupils write down unfamiliar vocabulary while watching the video
Classroom Considerations
  • Expects an understanding of velocity and acceleration
  • Designed for a wide variety of grade levels
  • Provides a real-life connection to important science concepts
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