Air Lift—Science of the Winter Olympics

Up, up, and away! Young scholars learn how to apply physics to a successful ski jump. An interesting video lesson compares and contrasts drag and lift in the context of a ski jump.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Recreate the motion of a ski jump using a ramp and different objects; ask pupils to analyze the drag and lift on each object
  • Record new vocabulary in a graphic organizer for easy reference
Classroom Considerations

  • Contains vocabulary that may be challenging for English learners
Pros

  • Includes an option for closed captioning to aid in note taking
  • Provides options for additional videos on the same topic
Cons

  • None