[visad] Announcing new video series: Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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  • Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:02:34 -0600
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Join the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn
for the premiere of:
 
 Science and engineering of the 2014 olympic winter games [ 
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/winterolympics/ ]  
  

The National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational 
arm of NBC News) to release the *âScience and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic 
Winter Gamesâ*--the latest installment in the Emmy Award-winning "Science of 
Sports" series.

This enlightening 10-part video collection [ 
http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/winterolympics/ ], narrated by NBC 
Sports' Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design 
and mathematics behind the worldâs foremost sporting event:


  * Physics of slopestyle skiing: Nick Goepper 
  * Engineering the half pipe: Shaun White 
  * Engineering competition suits: Shani Davis 
  * Injury and recovery: Lindsey Vonn 
  * Science of ice: J.R. Celski, Britanny Bowe, Gracie Gold 
  * Science of snow: Ted Ligety, Heather McPhie 
  * Engineering faster and safer bobsleds: Steve Langton, Steve Holcomb 
  * Alpine skiing and vibration damping: Julia Mancuso, Heath Calhoun 
  * Figure skating physics: Evan Lysacek, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Meryl 
Davis, Charlie White 
  * Olympic movement and robotic design: Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Julie Chu, 
Shaun White 
The series' diverse topics reveal how key engineering and science concepts and 
cutting-edge technology play an integral part in each athleteâs respective 
sport and help maximize their performance at the 2014 Sochi Games. 

*Each episode is available cost-free to teachers, students and the public at 
NBCLearn.com [ http://www.nbclearn.com/portal/site/learn ] and NSF websites 
(nsf.gov [ http://www.nsf.gov/ ], Science360 [ http://www.science360.gov/files/ 
]). *

"These stories demonstrate the interplay between sports and engineering, in 
areas from robotics to medical treatments," said Pramod Khargonekar, NSFâs 
assistant director for engineering. "We hope the impressive feats of athletes 
and engineering researchers will engage and inspire young people, as they see 
how engineering technologies can change many facets of our lives."  
 
 

 

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