Ways to Bring the 2014 Winter Olympics Into Your Classroom
The 2014 Winter Olympics officially kicked off last week in Sochi, Russia, with much fanfare. For the next two weeks, more than 2,800 athletes from 88 countries (per CNN.com) will compete in 98 events to declare their athletic supremacy.
The Games present an excellent opportunity for educators to blend current events and athletics in their classrooms. Here are a few ways to do so:
- Last month, NBC Learn, the National Science Foundation, and NBC Olympics (a division of NBC Sports Group) launched a free online video series called "Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games." The videos, available to the public for free online, tackle subjects such as stability and vibration in alpine skiing, engineering the half pipe, the science of snow and ice, and, as seen below, the physics of slopestyle skiing.
- Education Week opinion blogger Jennie Magiera shared a few ideas back in January, including having students create tables of results, graph the data points, and make predictions based on athlete records. With the Sochi Olympics costing a record $51 billion, older students could also investigate the economic impact of the Olympics for the host city.
- The U.S. Department of Education posted 14 suggestions on the Federal Registry for Educational Excellence. Teachers could have students study the history of the Olympic Games (both ancient and modern), or study one of the 80-plus countries participating in the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
- Lastly, Edutopia shared a number of Olympic-related resources last week that could pique the interest of students and teachers alike.
Are you planning on incorporating the 2014 Games into your classroom in any way? If so, share what you're doing in the comments section below.
Photo: Jamie Anderson of the United States takes a jump during her gold medal run in the women's snowboard slopestyle final at the 2014 Winter Olympics on Feb. 9. (Andy Wong/AP)
Video courtesy of NBC News.
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