Safety Gear—Science of the Winter Olympics

Safety first! A science video explores the design of safety helmets. It considers both elastic and inelastic collisions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a graphic organizer to record notes during the lesson
  • Ask pupils to bring in different types of helmets to analyze their effectiveness for absorbing a collision
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson uses new vocabulary that may be difficult for English learners to understand
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Consults a scientist in the field for explanations
  • Provides closed captioning to aid in note taking
Cons

  • None
NGSS