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Spaced Out Sports

Target Audience
  • Students
Hosting Center(s)
  • Armstrong Flight Research Center
Subject Category
  • Physical Science
  • Math
Unit Correlation
  • Exploring Space
Grade Level
  • 05 - 08
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 ONLY (not web conference).

 

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

Educator activity “Hovering on a Cushion of Air”

 

Essential terms for this program can be found at this link Vocabulary .

 

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).

Educator Guide for "Lets Play Space Ball"

To access the document for "Lets Play Space Ball" activity click here

 

The following materials will be required for this program

1.  Completely Build the Space Ball using these materials before the program

• 2 – two liter  or 2 – one liter bottles per group

• 2 – 30 lb or higher Monofilament Fishing lines (2 meters long each)

• Tongue depressors or short dowel rods

2.  Completely make the Paper Football using these materials before the program

• One sheet of notebook paper (for Paper Football)

General Supplies

Masking tape or colored tape – to mark the center of ball and playing field

 

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

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

To access the document for the activity “Javelin Rocket” click here    

 
 

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

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Page Last Updated: November 5th, 2014
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