Today, we chose a sport and looked at the past winners. We looked for any trends: are times getting shorter, or distances getting farther; are any countries dominant, and could there be a reason for this?
Wednesday, Friday and Next WeekWe are working with a Year 7 class. We have been given a sport to study the Science of, and carry out a "Fair Test" (investigation) on: cycling, shotput, netball, lawn bowls, swimming or sprinting. Can we find some Science to help New Zealand win GOLD?
|One of the Bronze-Medal winning Quiz teams - Wales|
- How does the training of a marathon runner differ now (just before competing) and four years ago (when they are trying to qualify)?
- Is there a place for performance-enhancing drugs in sport? If everyone used them, is it really cheating?
|Kenya finished out of the medals in the quiz, but worked well as a team!|
- England and Scotland need to investigate track cycling. Which gear is best to use over a distance of 20 metres?
- Australia need to investigate shooting in netball. What is the relationship between angle and distance/height?
- Canada need to investigate shotput. What is the relationship between angle and distance?
- Wales and Malaysia need to investigate lawn bowls. How does the speed affect the amount of curve on the lawn bowl?
- South Africa need to investigate swimming, particularly reaction times to give their athletes the best chance of a good start to the race.
- Kenya need to investigate athletics, also focusing on their reaction times.