World Cup Chemistry: The Science Behind the Brazuca Ball

Score a goal with your classes by showing the importance of science in soccer! Scholars learn how chemistry plays a part in the design of the soccer ball. An installment of a larger playlist explains how polymers make the properties of the ball possible.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Build molecular models of the polymers mentioned in the lesson
  • Bring in soccer balls and have pupils describe their properties before watching the video
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects at least a basic understanding of the sport of soccer
Pros

  • Provides links to additional videos on similar topics
  • Connects science to a sport popular with many students
Cons

  • None