Instructional Video

Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Science of Snow

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Physical science fans find out how supercooled water droplets in the clouds can become crystalline snowflakes. They learn about the categories of snowflakes (plates and columns) and the variables that determine their patterns (temperature and humidity). Sarah Konrad, a glaciologist and one-time Olympic skier, is interviewed. Alternating between graphic animations and actual video footage, the super-cool film is sure to fascinate! Incorporate these science concepts as you discuss the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

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CCSS: Adaptable
  • Thoroughly explains snowflake formation within a high-interest context
  • The female scientist and athlete provides an outstanding role model for your class
  • None
Common Core