Science Friction—Science of the Winter Olympics

Physics plays a role in most sports, and curling is no exception! A video explains how a curling team controls the friction between the stone and the ice to modify its movement.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a graphic organizer such as a Frayer model to record new vocabulary
  • Follow the video with a lab investigation of surface friction
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires background knowledge of the role of surface friction
Pros

  • Adaptable to various grade levels
  • Includes several examples to highlight the important concepts
Cons

  • None
NGSS