# NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

## Event Catalog

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Spaced Out Sports

Target Audience
• Students
Hosting Center(s)
• Stennis Space Center
Subject Category
• Physical Science
• Math
Unit Correlation
• Exploring Space
• 5-8
Minimum Delivery Time
• 050 min(s)
Maximum Connection Time
• 060 min(s)
Event Focus

How can Newton’s Laws of Motion be applied in sports?

Description

This module is appropriate for video conference (not web conference) presentation ONLY.

Spaced Out Sports is a unique program that uses a variety of sports clips filmed on earth and on the ISS that will challenge your students to learn about Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. Then using a series of activities before, during, and after the DLN program, students will discover how Newton’s Laws of Motion can be applied to any sport or activity.

Instructional Objectives

 Engage Learners will investigate Newton's Laws of Motion by applying constant and differentiating forces to a “Space Ball” during a modified game of football Explore Learners will use Newton’s Laws of Motion as they pull two lines apart to accelerate a Space Ball toward the opposing team’ goal to score a touchdown. Then using a Paper Football, the learners will apply Newton’s Laws of Motion in the movement of the Paper Football Explain Learners will discuss how Newton’s Laws of Motion are used during the game of Space Ball Elaborate Learners will review and discuss Newton’s Laws of Motion as it relates to their Space Ball game, make predictions, and compare their game to videos of similar activities performed on the International Space Station (ISS) Evaluate Learners will choose between two post-conference activities to complete and demonstrate their understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion

## Sequence of Events

Pre-Conference Activities

Hovering on a Cushion of Air

Introduction: Students will understand Newton’s Three Laws of Motion (action / reaction) and the forces needed to move an object by applying an unbalanced force to propel the craft forward.

•     Students will investigate how hovercrafts reduce friction

•     Students will apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to make hovercraft work

•     Upon completion of this activity students should understand how hovercraft technology is used in training astronauts space missions

Click on “Hovering on a Cushion of Air”   to access the activity document

Click on Vocabulary to access the essential terms for this event.

Videoconference Activities

What are Newton’s Three Laws of Motion? How are these natural laws applied in our everyday life? Student teams will view video clips of three National Football Players discussing and demonstrating how they use Newton’s Laws of Motion while playing their positions. Using these examples, your students will apply these laws of motion by accelerating a Space Ball toward an opposing team to score a touchdown. Then, using a Paper Football, a student will use Newton’s Laws of Motion to kick the Paper Football through a Goal Post to score an extra point. Finally, the students will discuss Newton’s Laws of Motion as they relate to their Space Ball game, make predictions, and compare their game to videos of similar activities performed on the International Space Station (ISS).

Activity: Let’s Play Space Ball

• Students will use Newton’s Laws of Motion as they pull two lines apart to accelerate a Space Ball toward the opposing team’ goal to score a touchdown.

• Using a Paper Football, the students will apply Newton’s Laws of Motion in the movement of the Paper Football by flicking it with a finger.

• Students will discuss Newton’s Laws of Motion as they relate to their Space Ball game, make predictions, and compare their game to videos of similar activities performed on the International Space Station (ISS).

Click on “Let’s Play Space Ball”   to access the activity document

Post-Conference Activities

Activity 2: Javelin Rockets

•     Students will construct and fly paper rockets with velcro-covered nose cones

•     Students will investigate launch angle versus distance with their rockets

•     Students will compete in a rocket javelin sports event

Have students complete the “Javelin Rocket” activity

•     Discuss results of activity while reviewing Newton’s Laws of Motion

Click on “Javelin Rocket”        to access the activity document

## Standards

National Standards:

(5-8)

PHYSICAL SCIENCE CONTENT STANDARD B:

•     Motion and Forces

•     Transfer of energy

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CONTENT STANDARD E:

•     Understanding about Science and technology

•     Abilities of technological design