Recently I stumbled across ESPN’s Sports Science Videos thanks to a post from Richard Byrne. These videos are a collection of videos explaining the science and math behind different sporting achievements. It looks like most of the videos are under 5 minutes each and cover such topics as Nascar, Olympic swimmers, decathletes, Michael Jordan, Andrew Luck, to the longest paper airplane flight.
142 results showed up when I went to the site, however, there were several that appeared more than once. Needless to say, there is plenty of awesome educational potential here!!!!
These resources could be extremely useful in all core subject areas. There are the obvious real-world connections to both Math and Science with these videos. Terms like angles, greater than, potential energy, and aerodynamics aren’t uncommon when viewing. You know the kind of terms that people who don’t like math and science will refer to as “magic.” However, these could also be used as a great way for students to make deeper connections with their independent reading books in ELA. For instance, there are several videos that could fit really well with different topics in The Hunger Games. Inspire some of your reluctant readers by having them watch a video on one of the topics that interests them. Just be ready to provide a list of reading suggestions that relate. These could also easily be used with your reluctant writers to inspire them to write to any of the three main types of writing of the Common Core standards: Argument, Informational/Explanatory, and Narrative. Social Studies students could debate such topics as laws for concussions and/or equality. Another idea would be having students make connections by comparing some of the modern day athletes like Jon Jones and Randy Couture to famous warriors of ancient times. Ok . . . that last one might be a stretch but you get my point. This is a great resource to include on your favorites bar.
Please feel free make any suggestions as to how you could use these videos in your classroom.