With the push for scientific education in the United States, it seems like STEM concepts are well woven into many facets of kids activities, and sports are no exception! Aerodynamics, physics, biochemistry, statistics and more: sports make these concepts relevant for many young people and raise levels of enthusiasm for learning.
There are a lot of great resources out there to get your kids started thinking about how science, technology, engineering and math affect all areas of athletics. One is STEM in Sports, which is a great, interactive site with games, activities and guides for many specific sports.
Sport Techie is a more news-based site. Here, kids can explore the multitude of ways that their favorite sports teams are using technology and science in the design of their equipment, stadiums, broadcasting and more.
STEM Zone partners with major athletic organizations like the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Athletics and the PAC 12 to inspire and steer kids toward innovation and tech careers with a sports flair. Kids can watch video clips, take quizzes, and find out more about their favorite sports.
Since it’s an Olympic year, kids will probably have even more interest in sports! Part of the NBC Learn series, Science of the Summer Olympics gives kids insight into how STEM plays out in running, swimming and more. Other options on the same site highlight golf, football and hockey.
Kids don’t have to be scientists OR athletes. While it seems like the two areas might be complete opposites, they are actually closely related. Explore some of these resources, then get outside or on the field to discover your own STEM-sports connections!