Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Engineering Faster and Safer Bobsleds

While your physical science class is studying mechanics, this would be a fabulous enrichment video for covering aerodynamics or friction. Mechanical engineers dedicate their time to developing Olympic-quality bobsleds to be as fast, but also as safe, as possible for this dangerous sport. Incorporate current events as you discuss the Sochi Winter Olympics as scientists.

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Pros

  • A captivating extreme sport is used to showcase the role of mechanical engineering
Cons

  • No teachable concepts are explained, but the video is inspirational and would enhance a lesson on reducing friction