Science of Skates—Science of the Winter Olympics

Speed skaters, hockey players, and ice skaters each have skates created specifically for their sports—an interesting fact for your Olympic Games fans! An engaging lesson explores the engineering design of different types of ice skates. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in examples of different types of skates for comparison
Classroom Considerations

  • Knowledge of skate sports is helpful in understanding the lesson
  • Expects a basic understanding of friction
Pros

  • Interviews Olympic athletes from different skate sports
  • Includes additional lessons on the same topic
Cons

  • None