Sports Engineering in Technology

Collaboration

This multimedia sport-related teaching resource was produced in association with the Science Enhancement Programme.

Sport Makes Science Fun

Cooke Associates have developed an interactive educational package for schools. This teaches children about engineering by exposing the science underlying sports that interest them.

Contents

This CD-ROM contains four interactive modules:

1. Forces and Motion (KS2 Science)

In this unit the students build upon their existing knowledge of forces in the context of Formula 1 cars and Grand Prix racing. The unit contains two interactive lessons:

  • the first focuses on forces, the Formula 1 car and its design features;
  • the second places the car in a racing environment to consider performance, setup and safety aspects of the car and the factors affecting these aspects.

2. Sports Shoe Design (KS3 Science)

This lesson is designed for students to use scientific enquiry to investigate specific design features incorporated into footwear for different sports. Design factors considered include frictional properties, shoe weight and pressure involved.

3. How High will it Fly? (KS3 Science)

This module covers the motion of sports balls. Students are introduced to forces and trajectories, and consider the effect of gravity, air resistance and spin on the motion of different types of sports ball, including tennis and baseball.

4. Making Waves (KS4 Design and Technology)

This module covers aspects of designing swimming pools. Based on size and performance criteria provided, student teams will plan, design and build a model of an Olympic swimming pool. Students will learn about wave characteristics and how pool waves slow swimmers. Models will be designed to minimise these waves. Teams will make class presentations and each pool model will be evaluated by the class.

Purchase

All four modules are available online and, soon, also in the eLibrary of the National STEM Centre website. The CD-ROM is available from MU Ventures, who can be emailed from here.

Project Contributors

The contributors to this project are: