Sports and Science Related Websites
Entertainments and Sports Programming Network (ESPN) has a TV series which uncovers sports’ biggest myths and mysteries by using cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, friction and the laws of gravity.
One museum in San Francisco, is set out to change the way the world learns. Through their website, Exploratorium features sport and science subjects, with interactive activities. Subjects and activities currently include: Collisions on Ice, Putting Something on the Ball, Girls of Summer, Reaction Time, Human Power, Fastball Reaction Time, Baseball Time Machine, Frontside Forces and Fakie Flight, Styro Curveball, Bike Frame Materials, Besuboru, and Skateboarding Glossary.
For more than 80 years, the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) has been documenting history. Over the last few years, original news stories and archived videos have been shortened and correlated to state standards and the Common Core to serve as a resource for educators and students. NBC Learn has a series of sports and science related videos including: Golf, NFL Football, NHL Hockey, and the Winter and Summer Olympics. Some videos are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and include lesson plans.
In 2014, the Winter Olympic Games were held in Sochi, Russia from February 7-23. The National Science Foundation and NBC Learn teamed up to create a series of videos that explain the science behind various Olympic sports.
Other Resources for Teachers
This website provides free calculators and STEM Tools to assist in integrating math in curriculum.
EducatorLabs provides resources for classroom use. This organization is comprised of school librarians and media/market research specialists who work as curators and conservators of the scholastic web. Resources include lesson plans and resource banks.
The NEA is committed to advancing public education. Resources include a list of The 10 Best STEM Resources, as well as tools and ideas.
NSTA’s mission is “to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.” Resources include Freebies for Teachers, and much more.
Documentaries with a Point of View (POV) through PBS offers free resources for educators, including 200+ online film clips connected to 100+ standards-aligned lesson plans, discussion guides and reading lists. Registered educators can use any of 80+ full-length films in the classroom for free. Sports Concussions in Children and Young Adults is designed for students in grades 7-12.
Based in Virginia, Randolph College has many lesson plans available for K-12 educators. One lesson plan, The Physics of Sports, is designed for students in grades 2-6.
UEN has a database of lesson plans for K-12 educators. Recently, there has been a push for lessons that bridge physical education (PE) and sports with science. Lessons include Sports Math, Plyometric Exploration, The Larger it is the Harder it Falls, and The Force of Gravity.